Government announces Environment Bill

Last week the Prime Minister announced that Government will introduce a new Environment Bill, the first in 25 years.

Last week the Prime Minister announced that Government will introduce a new Environment Bill, the first in 25 years. Appearing before the Liaison Committee attended by Select Committee Chairs, Mrs May explained that the new Bill would aim to address some of the opportunities available to us when we leave the EU.

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee asked whether the Government would respond to calls from MPs to introduce a new Clean Air Act.

She replied that the Government wished to be “a little more ambitious” to incorporate new ideas and action on air quality as part of a wider Environment Bill, explaining: “We will bring forward an Environment Bill and clean air will be part of that.”

The Prime Minister also faced questions from Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh on why the UK has not fined automotive manufacturers for offences that led to ‘Dieselgate’. She replied that the Department for Transport was continuing to look at the possibility of tougher penalties.

The BVRLA will continue to monitor developments and will provide further information about the new Environment Bill as it becomes available.

You can view the full session of the Prime Minister’s appearance before the Liaison Committee here via Parliamentlive.tv

 

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