Thank you for contacting me about the progress of the Environment Bill.
I remain fully committed to the Environment Bill as a key part of delivering on our manifesto and creating the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on Earth.
I would like to assure you that carrying over the Bill to the next session does not diminish the ambition for our environment in any way, with Report Stage recommencing early in the Second Session and Royal Assent expected in the Autumn. Key work on implementing the Bill’s measures will continue at pace, including establishing the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), setting long-term legally binding targets for environmental protection and creating a new Deposit Return Scheme for drink containers.
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