Environmental Health

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that environmental health standards in the United Kingdom are maintained after the UK’s departure from the EU.

Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to work with environmental health professionals to ensure that new environmental health standards are formulated and implemented when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of EU environmental health standards, and what plans he has to implement higher environmental health standards in the UK when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We are committed to delivering a Green Brexit and to enhancing our environmental standards.

The European Union (Withdrawal Bill) will make sure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law, providing businesses and stakeholders with maximum certainty as we leave the EU. We will also continue to uphold our international obligations through our multilateral environmental agreements.

On 12 November the Secretary of State set out plans to consult on a new, independent and statutory body to hold government and potentially public authorities to account on environmental commitments once we have left the European Union. We are also proposing to consult on the creation of a new policy statement on environmental principles to apply after we leave the EU. This statement will underpin future policy-making.

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