Environment Bill: Give MPs a say in appointing green watchdog chair, say policy experts

Parliamentary select committees should enjoy the power to confirm the chair of the future Office for Environmental Protection, policy experts representing business groups told MPs this morning.

Businesses are seeking further assurance that the watchdog will be independent of government, heard members of the Environment Bill Committee, which is scrutinising the government’s flagship piece of green legislation following its second reading in parliament.

Martin Baxter, chief policy adviser at environmental managers’ body IEMA, said the current version of the bill has not allayed concerns over the OEP’s independence. 

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