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Top official still heading Defra - for now

The permanent secretary at Defra, Bronwyn Hill, is continuing in the role in a temporary capacity, despite earlier official indication that she had left the department.

Bronwyn Hill

On 3 July, Defra announced that Clare Moriarty, currently director-general at the Rail Executive in the Department for Transport, would become the new permanent secretary “during the summer”.

On 16 July, following questions from MRW specifically about when Hill, left, would be leaving, Defra’s communications department released a statement saying: “Bronwyn Hill’s tenure came to an end in March 2015.”

There was no information about what she was moving on to or the temporary arrangement Defra says is in place.

After MRW published an article on its website this week about the March ‘departure’, Defra followed up with the information that Hill had “remained within post until her replacement takes over in the summer”.

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