BRE MODES OF OPERATION ON DEFRA POLICY ISSUES
BRE Environment and Communities Team will have
three broad modes of operation on Defra policy issues:
(1) Active. This will mean engaging
with a range of stakeholders on a given topic, researching it,
meeting Defra officials, putting forward options and policy suggestions.
Current examples are Climate Change and Marine Bill.
(2) Watching brief. On issues
of significance to business, perhaps where BRE has had previous
active engagement. This will mean receiving papers, monitoring
progress, perhaps attending occasional meetings to keep up to
speed, and giving advice when asked. Current examples are Reach,
Waste, Air Quality.
(3) Follow-up. This will involve
passing issues raised with BRE by stakeholders or other parts
of Govt to the Defra BRU and/or policy teams for action or advice.
Recent examples are "Implementation of s 15 of Commons Act
2006: new village greens"; "Draft Waste Management Plans
for England and Wales"; sulphur in fuel oil.
The number of issues in each category will change
as priorities changeand having more issues in "active"
will mean less resource for "watching brief. Where possible,
BRE and Defra will seek to agree which topics are in the active
or watching brief categories. The total number in category 1 will
vary but will be small.