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Written Ministerial Statement by Hilary Benn on the Publication of the Government Response to the RCEP Report on the Urban Environment — 7 May 2008

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn)

The Government has today published its response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s twenty-sixth report “The Urban Environment”. The report looks at the environmental problems that affect urban dwellers, and conversely the impact that urban centres have on the environment.

With most of us today living in towns and cities, it is vitally important that our urban environment is designed and managed in a way which is uplifting, offers access to clean air, water and green space; encourages us to lead active, healthy lives; makes a full contribution to reducing our carbon emissions and is robust to the changes in climate that we are already starting to see. 

The Government’s response to the Commission’s report sets out the action that we are taking to achieve these goals.

Copies of the Government’s response will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.  A copy can also be accessed on the Defra website at:

Page published: 7 May 2008