Sue Hayman responds to draft Environment Bill
Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Environment Secretary, responding to the draft Environment Bill, said:
“This Government has repeatedly failed to take the required action on air quality, decided to push ahead with a third runway at Heathrow without addressing the environmental impacts, and gives strong support for fracking against the wishes of communities. This, and more, exposes a huge gulf between what Michael Gove says and what he does.
“Labour’s 2017 manifesto proposed establishing an Environmental Tribunal which could hold government fully to account rather than the government’s proposed Office for Environmental Protection which would be accountable to Defra and not to Parliament.
“This draft bill is a step in the right direction, but these proposals will require a clear commitment to a level of funding that this Government consistently refuses to provide public services. Labour will scrutinise the proposals line by line to ensure that this bill becomes more than just a fig leaf.”