Plan to issue enforcement guidance to green watchdog sparks alarm

Government amendments to the Environment Bill that would give the secretary of state powers to issue guidance to the post-Brexit green watchdog on its enforcement policy could provide a “get out of jail free card” to allow ministers to direct the watchdog away from inconvenient cases, green groups have warned.

by Jamie Carpenter
Environment secretary George Eustice: proposed Environment Bill powers have sparked concern (Photograph: NurPhoto/Getty Images)
Environment secretary George Eustice: proposed Environment Bill powers have sparked concern (Photograph: NurPhoto/Getty Images)

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