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ACC ATTACKS ENVIRONMENTAL 'QUANGOS'

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Legislation to prepare for an environment agency for England and Wales and one for Scotland was attacked as quangoi...
Legislation to prepare for an environment agency for England and Wales and one for Scotland was attacked as quangoisation by the Association of County Councils this week. Around 12,000 council staff now monitoring environmental standards could transfer to the agency. However, the Bill announced in the Queen's Speech last Thursday will only prepare for its establishment, confirming ministerial plans leaked last spring (LGC, 28 May) to delay the scheme beyond the original target date of 1995.

The DoE said the functions of waste regulation authorities in England and Wales would be amended to allow them to prepare for the agency. The ACC plans to ask officials at a meeting on Wednesday to clarify changes.

The paving Bill will allow departments to spend money on shadow boards and research before establishing the two agencies. The DoE said there was too little parliamentary time for a full Bill.
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