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Office for Environmental Protection - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 22nd May 2019.

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Photo of Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Conservative 3:06 pm, 22nd May 2019

I am grateful to my noble friend for that reply, and I yield to no one in my admiration of his concern for the environment. The Government have committed, in the EU withdrawal Bill being brought forward by the Prime Minister, to enforcing environmental protections but, in the unfortunate position of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no deal, we will lose access to the European Commission and the European Court of Justice to enforce the principles of environmental protection to which we have subscribed. Does my noble friend share my sense of urgency about setting up the office for environmental protection before 2021 to ensure that we will have a mechanism in place for enforcing all the principles to which we have subscribed under the EU in the event that we leave with no deal?