Ross Clark

Everyone benefits | 19 February 2005

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Natural environment and rural communities draft Bill published

A Bill designed to address better the real needs of rural communities and the natural environment through modernised and simplified arrangements for implementing policy was today presented in draft to Parliament by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mrs Beckett said: ‘The Bill we are publishing today will be key in delivering our commitment to a better quality of life for all with sustainable development at its heart. The new integrated agency will lead the way in delivering an accessible and high quality natural environment contributing to the enjoyment and well-being of current and future generations.’

The Bill will:

*Create an integrated agency to provide an integrated approach to sustainable land management, enhancement and use of the natural environment

* Formally establish a new Commission for Rural Communities as a lean and expert adviser, advocate and watch-dog for rural communities, especially those suffering disadvantage

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 10 February