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Environment Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:44 pm on 26th February 2020.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Conservative, Epsom and Ewell 1:44 pm, 26th February 2020

My right hon. Friend is being very generous in giving way.

This is one of the most important parts of the Bill. We need to restore habitats in this country, with a particular focus on those species—birds, hedgehogs and others—that have declined so dramatically in numbers. Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that the mandate that goes with these measures, both for the new agency and for local authorities, will focus on helping those species to recover, particularly by recreating the habitats that will enable it to happen?