today's proposal to scrap English Nature by Lord Haskins review of DEFRA,
Caroline Spelman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment
"Today's decision is a step backwards for wildlife conversation in
"English Nature is a unique agency which is highly focused
on its task, employ highly motivated staff and have a world wide reputation for
excellence. After today's announcement biodiversity will no longer have
"English Nature has criticised the Government over its push
for GM crops and the Government has huge plans for road and house building
projects across the country. It is perhaps no surprise that the Government
seek to abolish an agency that openly criticises and hiders them.
British countryside needs an independent body speaking for it. Mixing up
English Nature into an economic delivery mechanism will leave biodiversity
"Once this idea was known, the Government should have thrown this
out at once."