Gove: DEFRA’s agencies ‘might be merged’

DEFRA’s non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are under review and could be merged after Brexit, environment secretary Michael Gove has told MPs.

The review is underway and is being led by Shaun Gallagher, DEFRA’s director general for strategy delivery, Gove told the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee yesterday.

The environment secretary said Gallagher is “considering what the future landscape of DEFRA should be because it is the case that we will need to look at the responsibilities of each of the non-departmental public bodies and review whether or not the responsibilities need to be extended - some might be merged”.

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