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How have funding cuts affected the work of Natural England?

05 December 2017

The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 considers Natural England’s ability to deliver against its broad remit in the light of on-going reductions to its funding and asks which areas of the responsibilities of the Environment Agency overlap with the functions and responsibilities of Natural England.

Witnesses

Tuesday 5 December, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 11.05am

  • Dr Tony Grayling, Director of Sustainable Business and Development, Environment Agency

At 11.45am

  • Andrew Sells, Chairman, Natural England
  • Dr Andy Clements, Board Member, Natural England
  • Alan Law, Chief Officer for Strategy & Reform, Natural England

Possible questions

  • How does Natural England try to support the social and economic wellbeing of rural communities, and what importance does this objective have in the strategies and plans of Natural England?
  • Have budget reductions had an impact on Natural England's ability to comment upon and contribute to local plans? How has this affected Natural England's work to conserve and enhance the landscape?
  • To what extent does Natural England rely on obligations currently contained in EU law in order to fulfil its nature conservation objectives?

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