Gove suggests Aberdeen base for green watchdog

Environment secretary Michael Gove would like to see the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), the government’s proposed ‘green watchdog’, located in Aberdeen - if Westminster and the devolved administrations decide to create a UK-wide body.

Speaking to members of the Environmental Audit Committee on Wednesday, Gove said his own preference would be for the OEP to be based “outside of London”.

He recounted how in a recent meeting with Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for rural economy, he said: “I would be very open to it being located in Scotland and I suggested Aberdeen, not least because the JNCC [Joint Nature Conservation Committee] has a presence there.”

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