HC Deb 17 January 1974 vol 867 cc167-8W
Sir C. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek powers to make plastic bags and containers illegal until it has been proved that these are self-destructive in a maximum of five years, thereby reducing pollution in the rivers of the United Kingdom and the surrounding seas.

Mr. Rossi

No. I understand that there are serious difficulties about degradable plastics and these have yet to be overcome. Nevertheless, the Department is studying with interest current developments.