In Focus
Updated Nov 22, 2021

Environment Act finally here

Parliament has finally passed the Environment Bill, after more than three years since it was first announced by the Government.

The Bill had faced opposition from Peers over the last few weeks, who had wanted to add amendments requiring water companies to take stronger action to tackle sewage discharge into rivers. They were initially rejected by the Commons, but following an altogether familiar U-turn last month, the Lords have agreed to back a compromise that would place stronger requirements for water companies to tackle sewage, and also strengthen courts' powers to enforce green laws.

Peers had also sought...

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