The Environmental Audit Committee has today published a letter from Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
The letter responds to the Committee’s request to detail the 300 plus work streams that relate to Brexit by April 2018. The Minister restates the Government’s commitment to do this ‘once careful assessments have concluded on what it be possible to provide and on what terms’.
It further states that the Department has recently reviewed the scope of its EU Exit Portfolio, and has recast its portfolio to include the full range of existing EU related activity.
The letter also responds to the Committee’s concern about Defra’s ability to manage its Brexit related activity. The Minister states that by 28 February Defra had ‘recruited around 1150 additional staff’ to support EU preparations.
This broadly aligns with the National Audit Office’s assessment that DEFRA would need to hire need to hire 1,200 new staff by March 2018.
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