The speakers, Dr Thérèse Coffey (Conservative), Barry Gardiner (Labour), Baroness Parminter (Liberal Democrats) and Caroline Russell (Green), were challenged on topics including the impact of Brexit on environmental protections, as well as climate leadership, energy efficiency, farming, housing and nature conservation.
The debate was chaired by Clive Anderson, TV and radio presenter, and president of The Woodland Trust.
The debate began with a question on Brexit...
Q. "Brexit gives us the opportunity to define our own laws. Going forward, where should we be more ambitious than the EU on environmental protections?"
Thérèse Coffey said that the UK would maintain its international environmental obligations. She also highlighted huge opportunities for agri-environment schemes and the upcoming 25 year plan for the environment, as well as the the chance to ban the export of live animals for slaughter.
Another Brexit related question queried the enforcement of environmental laws when the UK is no longer under the juridisction of the ECJ...
A challenge from Baroness Young: "Could the panel indicate whether they would ensure all EU legislation is ready for adoption on 'day one' through the Great Repeal Bill and not lost in secondary legislation?" - Barry Gardiner and Thérèse Coffey clashed over whether use of secondary legislation is appropriate