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Environment Agency and Office for Environmental Protection

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 31079, tabled on 5 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amalgamating the Environment Agency into the Office of Environmental Protection.

Answered on

13 July 2022

The Environment Agency is Defra’s largest Arm’s Length Body, delivering environmental regulation and services on behalf of government. The Office of Environmental Protection has a specific remit, set out in the Environment Act 2021, to hold the government and public bodies, including the Environment Agency, to account. Whilst the department is keen to examine opportunities to reform Arm’s Length Bodies, as set out in the recent Nature Recovery green paper, merging the Environment Agency and the Office of Environmental Protection would not seem a good fit.