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Knowledge, Policy, and ExpertiseThe UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1970–2011$

Susan Owens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294658.001.0001

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(p.177) Appendix 2 Location of Environmental Functions in UK Government, 1970–2011

(p.177) Appendix 2 Location of Environmental Functions in UK Government, 1970–2011

Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise

Susan Owens

Oxford University Press


Department of the Environment (DoE) created; includes environmental protection, local government, planning, and transport. However, pesticides control and pollution from agriculture and fisheries remain the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).


Transport moved out of DoE to form a separate Department of Transport (DoT).


Creation of Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), re-uniting transport and environment.

2001 (June)

Creation of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), combining the former MAFF with the environmental protection functions of the former DETR. Planning, local government, and transport now located within the newly created Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR).

2002 (May)

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) created to take responsibilities for planning, local government, and the regions. Transport moves once more to a separate department—the Department for Transport (DfT). Environmental protection stays with Defra.


ODPM re-branded as Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG or simply CLG). Environmental protection stays with Defra.


Some climate-related functions moved from Defra to the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).