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Lords to quiz ministers on environment and climate change policy after Brexit


The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will continue its short inquiry on environment and climate change policy after Brexit on Wednesday 16 November. The Committee will hear evidence from Ministers Thérèse Coffey MP and Jesse Norman MP.

The session will explore what action the Government intends to take to maintain current levels of environmental protection and climate action. The Committee will also examine what oversight and enforcement mechanisms the Government expects to apply to environmental legislation, and the means by which the Government will engage with the EU on environment and climate change issues in the future.

At 11:00am the Committee will speak to:

  • Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Industry and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Committee is likely to ask:

  • What is the Government's vision for the UK's future relationship with the EU with regards to environment and climate change policy, and how will it affect Defra's 25 year plan for the environment
  • How does the UK intend to maintain its role as a global leader on climate change?
  • Will we see a change in direction on environment or climate change policy after the UK leaves the EU?  If so, in what areas will these changes take place?
  • What steps will the Government take to ensure that compliance with environmental legislation can be adequately overseen and enforced post-Brexit?
  • How will the Government address concerns regarding Defra and BEIS' ability to resource the repatriation of environment and climate change policy?

The evidence session will take place in Committee Room 2 on Wednesday 16 November in the House of Lords at 11:00am.

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