Environment Bill: Goldsmith dismisses peers’ concerns over OEP independence

The environment minister has dismissed concerns that proposed powers for the secretary of state to issue guidance to the post-Brexit green watchdog on its enforcement policy would undermine its independence, insisting that the powers would not allow ministers to interfere with its decision-making about specific cases.

by Jamie Carpenter
Parliament: Environment Bill is being debated in the House of Lords (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Parliament: Environment Bill is being debated in the House of Lords (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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