Derbyshire Dales MP Sarah Dines voted against 5 clauses in the Environmental Bill debate yesterday 26/01/2021.

New Clause 1 – Environmental Principles: Public Authorities

This new clause would require public authorities to act in accordance with environmental principles when exercising their functions.

New Clause 5 – State of nature target

This new clause would place a duty on the Secretary of State to set and meet a target to begin to reverse the loss of biodiversity in England no later than 2030. This timetable would align with the new Convention on Biological Diversity goals that are due to be agreed in 2021.

Clause 2 – Environmental targets: particulate matter

This amendment is intended to set parameters on the face of the Bill to ensure that the PM2.5 target will be at least as strict as the 2005 WHO guidelines, with an attainment deadline of 2030 at the latest.

Clause 7 – Environmental Improvement Plans

This amendment places requirements on Ministers to allow parliamentary scrutiny of exemptions granted to allow plant protection products banned under retained EU law (such as neonicotinoid pesticides), where they are likely to impact bees and other species covered by an environmental improvement plan.

Schedule 20 – Amendment of REACH legislation

This amendment would set a minimum of protections under REACH and remove the possibility that a Secretary of State might lower standards than are in place currently, whilst reserving the right for them to set higher standards should they choose.

This is an open invitation for Sarah Dines MP to explain her position on the environment to her constituents. Any reply will be published here.

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