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Covering water policy, flooding and coastal erosion, air quality, waste and waterways.
Corporate and planning
Ensuring that all dates for Defra announcements, consultations and speeches are strategically co-ordinated across government. Lead on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and better regulation.
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