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Hammond told to explain new environment watchdog

The chair of the Environmental Audit Committee has demanded that chancellor Philip Hammond or another minister should give evidence to it on the Government’s proposal for a new environmental watchdog.

This body is expected to oversee environmental regulations at present supervised by the EU, and which remain applicable in the UK after Brexit. The committee is holding an inquiry into how it would work.

The Government has published a consultation on a new environmental protection body which it said would “hold Government to account on environmental ambitions and obligations once we have left the EU.”

Creagh said in her letter to Hammond (pictured): “It has been widely reported that the Treasury opposed giving the environmental watchdog powers like the European Commission’s to initiate enforcement action against the Government.”

She said the committee “would like to hear from yourself or another Treasury minister”.

The committee noted that environment secretary Michael Gove has said that leaving the EU would not lead to a weakening of environmental standards.

 

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