Defra announces Public Bodies Reform Bill

Defra today announced its Public Bodies Reform Bill, which includes Kew. Read the latest update here.

29 Oct 2010

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Analysing seeds in a petri dish

Analysing seeds at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.  The Millennium Seed Bank partnership aims to conserve 25% of the world’s wild plant species by 2020.

Following the announcement of Defra's Public Bodies Reform Bill, Kew's Director, Professor Stephen Hopper made this statement.

"Following Defra's recent Review of Arms Length Bodies, we were pleased to see that the value of Kew as a source of independent technical advice to Defra has been recognised and that there will be no change in the constitutional relationship between Kew and government."

"Today's announcement confirms that Kew's current status remains unchanged. Other bodies we work with have been affected and the Defra communication on this is available here."

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1 comment on 'Defra announces Public Bodies Reform Bill'

Monica Stenning says

01/11/2010 11:20:13 AM | Report abuse

I am pleased to hear that the constitutional status of Kew will remain the same. It would be a foolish government that meddles with such an important institution.

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