A recent Council for the Protection of Rural England survey of ministers' answers to Parliamentary Questions indicated that no government department was able to provide evidence of having looked at the environmental impact of their policies in a systematic way. This is despite an Environment White Paper commitment to do so.
Until the Government puts in place strong and enforceable mechanisms to ensure that the environment is placed at the heart of future decision making, its commitments will remain empty words, at odds with the reality of how the machinery of Government is working.
Council for the Protection
of Rural England