Letter: CCC’s response to proposed changes to official statistics across the Defra group

A letter from Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, in response to the Government’s consultation proposing changes to official statistics across the Defra group.

Matthew Bell says: “We use a range of Defra statistics to monitor progress and to understand abatement options in agriculture. These statistics are also needed by Defra, and others, to put in place cost-effective policies. The proposed changes to some of the datasets – particularly in regard to the scope, frequency and scale of the data collected – could have a negative impact on our ability to fulfil our statutory duties and Government’s ability to fulfil their statutory emission reduction target by 2050.”

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