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Can Defra and Natural England meet rural needs?

18 July 2017


The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 takes evidence from Defra and Natural England.


Tuesday 18 July, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 11.05am

  • Alan Law, Chief Officer for Strategy and Reform, Natural England
  • Shirley Trundle CBE, Director, Natural Environment Policy, Defra

Areas of discussion

  • Whether the needs of rural communities are being accounted for
  • How the UK's exit from the European Union might affect environmental legislation.

Possible questions

  • Is it part of Defra's role to champion the needs of rural communities within government when dealing with other departments? What is Defra doing to ensure that policies across government are rural-proofed?
  • How does Natural England seek to balance its obligations to the environment while at the same time promoting economic growth? Is there a tension between these two objectives?
  • Is there anything Natural England would like to do more of that it cannot do at present due to a lack of resources or powers?
  • How does the biodiversity duty contained in the Act compare to similar duties on public bodies in Wales and Scotland in terms of impact?

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