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The office puts considerable effort into ensuring that the information provided on this website is accurate and up to date. 

However, we cannot guarantee its complete accuracy. We are unable to continuously monitor everything, including malicious attacks to the site's integrity. Consequently, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment disclaims any and all responsibility for any inaccuracy, error, omission, or any other kind of deficiency in relation to the information provided on this website, and all liability of any kind is fully excluded in relation to the use of, or reliance on, this information. 

A few points to note 

  • look at the date of our publications as the legal and institutional arrangements do change over time
  • check the date that the site was last updated. If the information you are after has changed recently, the information contained on this website may not be accurate.
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Where links are provided to other internet sites, which might be useful for you, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment does not endorse any of these websites. The Commissioner accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for their contents, or for any consequences arising from any use of, or reliance on, the information contained on them. 

With the exception of photographic images (see below), you are welcome to reproduce and publish any material from this site without the Commissioner's specific permission provided that you: 

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With few exceptions, all images copyright Rob Suisted, Nature’s Pic Images. All Rights Reserved. Permission strictly required and fees payable for each use. Contact the web administrator for further information. 


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Updated: 07 March 2018