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Comment on Government reshuffle

4 September 2012

Defra

Commenting on changes at Defra, Louise Heaps, Head of Marine at WWF-UK said: “When he was Shadow Fisheries Minister, Owen Paterson MP made a point of travelling extensively across the North Atlantic to find out for himself the failures of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

“WWF supported his call then for local fisheries management to eliminate the wasteful practice of discarding amongst other policies in his well-regarded Fisheries Green paper. We hope the new Secretary of State will apply the same rigour to evidence-based policymaking across his new portfolio, and look forward to working with him on this.”

Department for Transport

Commenting on changes at the Department for Transport, Jean Leston, Senior Transport Policy Advisor at WWF-UK said: "Justine Greening has been an impressive minister, who has dared to stand up to the aviation lobby and question the need for Southeast airport expansion.

"Patrick McLoughlin's return to the Department for Transport is a welcome move and will surely continue Justine Greening's robust defence of Government and party policy on aviation.

“WWF looks forward to working with Mr McLoughlin to ensure Coalition aviation policy makes the most of our ample airport capacity and balances the needs of the environment, economy and local communities.”

Department for International Development

Commenting on changes at DIFD, Dominic White, Head of Government Partnerships at WWF-UK said: “WWF welcomes the appointment of Justine Greening as new Secretary of State at the Department of International Development. Ms Greening’s strong track record on the third runway at Heathrow shows her robust commitment to the environment as central to economic development.

“We look forward to working with her and the Prime Minister to maintain UK leadership in building a global development framework that has at its core the three pillars of sustainable development - economy, environment and social equity.“

ENDS

For more information:

George Smeeton, Senior Press Officer WWF-UK
Tel: 01483 412 388, Mob: 07917 052 948, email: GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk