David Lidington:  Government punish English Nature for doing its job

 
Commenting on reports today that DEFRA is to abolish English Nature, David Lidington MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:
 
"Any reasonable person wants to see DEFRA reduce bureaucracy and the duplication of effort.
 
"But I am alarmed by reports that Ministers want to abolish English Nature's role as a source of independent scientific advice and a watchdog for wildlife and biodiversity.
 
"Just as we have independent inspectors for schools, so we need independent scrutiny of government's record on conservation.
 
"English Nature spoke out against the present Government's rush to approve GM crops. It gave trenchant evidence to the ODPM Select Committee, criticising John Prescott's housing plans.
 
"I fear that Ministers may use a departmental shake-up to neuter an inconvenient critic whose advice sometimes gets in the way of spin.
 
"If there is nothing to worry about, let the Government publish Lord Haskins' report now, instead of giving secret and selective briefings."
 
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David Lidington: Government still leaves farmers in the dark over TB

 
Commenting on the news that DEFRA are to suspend badger culling trials, David Lidington MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:
 
"Today's announcement raises important questions.
 
"Does the migration of badgers into the reactive cull areas explain these results? If so, have the tests now established that badgers do definitely transmit TB to cattle?
 
"Do we now face a stark choice between, on the one hand, proactive culling with all the difficulties that entails, and, on the other, abandoning culling as an option, accepting that TB will be endemic in wildlife?
 
"The Government's decision to ditch one part of the Krebs trials adds to the responsibility Ministers now have to bring forward a new interim strategy. Back in February, DEFRA announced (press release 63/03, 20 February) discussions on short-term proposals to combat Bovine TB. They listed various options. We are now eight months on and precious little action has been seen. The disease continues to spread. Farmers are owed a clear statement of what the Government now plans to do."
 
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