The comments made by George Eustice, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on 27 August 2021.
The Environment Bill is at the vanguard of our work to implement the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth.
We have been clear about the need, and our intention, to halt the decline of our natural environment, and so we are strengthening our world-leading target to put this beyond doubt. It will be a challenging task, but halting this decline is a crucial part of our commitment to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state.
Our new package of measures on storm overflows will help crack down on the pollution in our rivers, waterways and coastlines, to better tackle the harm that they cause.