Environment Bill ‘exempts government departments from environmental duties’

The “competing interests” of government departments have influenced the drafting of the flagship Environment Bill, leaving it falling “woefully short” of expectations, according to a House of Commons committee.

The Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) report on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment (Governance and Principles) Bill sets out a raft of “serious concerns” with the proposed legislation to protect the environment when the UK leaves the EU.

EAC says the bill lacks coherence, with many government departments exempted from their environmental responsibilities. It describes the bill as a “missed opportunity for taking a holistic approach to environment and climate change, placing them at the heart of government policy”.

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