Clause 30 - Investigations

Part of Environment Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 5th November 2020.

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Photo of Anthony Browne Anthony Browne Conservative, South Cambridgeshire 2:45 pm, 5th November 2020

I completely support the OEP’s independence, but I am confused. At the moment, the OEP can decide whether it publishes a report, but the hon. Gentleman’s amendment proposes that it must publish a report, which presumably reduces rather than increases its independence of action. When it does a report, it might decide that there are certain things that it does not want to publish for certain reasons—we do not know, because we cannot pre-empt it. The hon. Gentleman is saying that it has to do something, which surely reduces its independence.