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Topical Questions

Part of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

May I join colleagues in thanking you, Mr Speaker, for everything that you have done to stand up for our democracy?

The Government’s Environment Bill does not actually include targets; it only requires Ministers to set them. Those targets could be 15 years in the future, they could be lower than current standards and they need be nothing more than aspirations. The Prime Minister has said that he would “enshrine the highest standards” in law. Obviously, nobody believes a word that the Prime Minister says, but does the Minister agree that there should be a legislative commitment to non-regression from current environmental standards?