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Business: Environmental Impact Assessment

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th March 2016.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to her Department's Single Departmental Plan: 2015 to 2020, published on 19 February 2016, whether the report on progress in reducing regulatory burdens to business will include an assessment of the environmental impact.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The report will focus on progress in reducing by £470m, the annual cost of complying with Defra regulations by 2020. This will be achieved through simpler, more efficient and innovative ways of regulating, not by changing policy outcomes.

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