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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 Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 3:06 pm, 22nd May 2019

My Lords, is the Minister concerned about the criticisms made by the Commons EFRA Committee, whose Conservative chair said recently of the draft environment Bill:

“There is also little point in setting up an environmental watchdog if it is unable to fulfil its essential function of holding the government to account”.

Does he recognise that criticism and, if so, what is his department doing to address those shortcomings?