Defra announces changes to arm’s length bodies

Caroline Spelman announced yesterday that she will be:

  • Withdrawing Defra funding from the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC);
  • Abolishing the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution;
  • Abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board, the 15 Agricultural Wages Committees, the 16 Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees and the Committee on Agricultural Valuation;
  • Abolishing the Inland Waterways Advisory Council; and
  • Abolishing the Commons Commissioners.

Further information can be found in this Defra press notice.  A written Ministerial statement on Defra’s arms length bodies can be found here.

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  1. Maureen Comber
    Posted 26 July, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    How can we get back our stolen commons without the Commissioners?

  2. bob milton
    Posted 27 July, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    How will this affect the pubilic’s ability to claim commons not shown on the commons register. The big society includes all the unlawful exclusions for public access. This includes the explicit financial discrimination by the Forestry Commision against equestrians.

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