Damian Hinds MP for East Hampshire writes to Maureen Comber
The Government is examining the role of Natural England within the planning process to see how this can be made less time consuming and more efficient.
Says Damian Hinds
As you know, the Government is in the process reviewing the function of quangos within the public sector to examine what role they have to play in reducing public spending. There is quite clearly scope for efficiencies to be made and as such I read your views with considerable interest. You may also wish to contribute to the environment section of the website Red Tape Challenge website which was launched by the Government in April 2011. The link to the website is found here: www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/home/index/. This website offers concerned members of the public - such as yourself - a chance to share their views on how Government can spend public money more effectively and remove unnecessary bureaucratic.
It may also interest you to know that the role of Natural England is already underway. As part of a wider review of how the Government implements the EU Habitats and Birds Directives, the Departments for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is examining the role of Natural England within the planning process to see how this can be made less time consuming and more efficient. The results of this review are expected to be published shortly.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me about these important issues.
Says Maureen Comber
Well, I wonder?