HC Deb 09 November 1978 vol 957 cc285-6W
Andrew F. Bennett

Mr. asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress the Waste Management Advisory Council has made on its deliberation on the public benefits of returnable containers;

and when he proposes to take steps to introduce mandatory deposits on all containers of edible liquids to encourage their return.

Mr. Marks

The working party which is examining the environmental and economic implications of different container systems expects to report early next year. I hope that this study will provide the basis for a decision on whether restrictions on non-returnable containers are needed.