"Keep up the good work", MPs tell HMIP

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has got off lightly from a parliamentary inquiry into its sponsorship of HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP). A report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee is critical of the DoE's past failures to ensure that HMIP was adequately resourced and efficiently managed, but commends HMIP itself for improving its management systems and introducing a more dynamic approach to the regulation of industrial pollution.1

The Committee's inquiry followed a review of HMIP by the National Audit Office (NAO). This highlighted slippages in HMIP's enforcement programme and shortcomings in its record-keeping and management arrangements as it strove to get to grips with the workload created by the introduction of integrated pollution control (IPC) against a background of staff shortages and frictions created by the merger of four inspectorates (ENDS Report 199, pp 4-5

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