In the News

12th November 2017

The Environment Secretary writes in the Sunday Telegraph.

Sunday Telegraph 12th November.

An independent watchdog to “give the environment a voice” and “hold the powerful to account” will form the cornerstone of a “green Brexit”, the Environment Secretary discloses.

Michael Gove reveals plans to set up a “world-leading” statutory body to maintain environmental standards, together with a national policy statement that will permanently “embed” protections for land, water, air and wildlife into policy-making as Britain leaves the European Union.

He states that “all existing European law, including environmental protection, will be transferred into UK law through the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Rules and regulations in place the day before Brexit will still be in place the day after”.

He adds that early next year a consultation will be carried out on the formation of the new environmental body and a new policy statement. Questions will include what functions and powers will the new body have to enforce environmental laws, how the new policy statement will be embedded into public policy making and whether Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland wish to take a similar or different approach.

3rd November 2017

HSE announce accident statistics for 2016/17

Key figures for Great Britain (2016/17) 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015) 137 workers killed at work 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 31.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16) 554 cases prosecuted with fines from convictions totalling £69.9 million

25th October 2017

Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017/19 passes its Second Reading

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017/19 passed its Second Reading on Monday 16 October 2017.  It has now entered the Committee stage which is scheduled to conclude by Thursday 16 November.  The UK will withdraw from Euratom in 2019 as a result of the decision to leave the EU and the Nuclear Safeguards Bill will ensure that the UK has the right regime in place for the ONR to regulate nuclear safeguards.