HC Deb 04 December 1974 vol 882 cc1539-40
12. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on what action he proposes to take to commence a national campaign against waste as outlined in his recent Green Paper.

Mr. Denis Howell

My hon. Friend will be asking the Waste Management Advisory Council to consider, as a priority, the need for publicity to support an dencourage reclamation work throughout the community.

Mr. Blenkinsop

I welcome my hon. Friend's answer, but is he willing to give a categorical assurance that local authorities will be able to go ahead with the surveys that are absolutely vital to the position concerning waste in their areas, and will he assure us that the Government accept the urgent need to limit imports, which could be achieved by vigorous prosecution of a war-on-waste campaign?

Mr. Howell

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Finsberg

Are we to understand from that reply that the advisory council has been set up? If so, has it any membership drawn from environmental bodies?

Mr. Howell

I should have to have notice about a question concerning the people serving on the advisory council. I shall do my best to supply the information to the hon. Gentleman. I am almost certain that the answer to his question is "Yes", but I shall write to him on this.

Mr. Michael Morris

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The question was whether the council has been set up. May we have a direct answer to that question?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

I cannot give an answer. We had better move to the next Question.