Clause 35 - Environmental review

Part of Environment Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 5th November 2020.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 3:45 pm, 5th November 2020

I beg to move amendment 119, in clause 35, page 21, line 2, at end insert—

“(2A) The purpose of an environmental review is to promote the integrity of environmental law and the achievement of environmental improvement in accordance with the law.

(2B) When considering an environmental review, the Tribunal may review any finding of fact on which the decision in question was based and, where relevant, whether the achievement of environmental improvement required, had been achieved.”.

This amendment clarifies the purpose of environmental review and provides that the Tribunal may review findings of fact during a review.