§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what actions have been taken since the appointment of a Minister in his Department to consider the environmental implications of his Department's policies; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lilley
DTI's departmental report published last month recorded a number of our initiatives on environmental issues including schemes to assist and encourage environmental improvement by business.
As the appointed Minister in DTI I have also initiated a thorough review of all the Department's policies, programmes and activities to identify existing and prospective environmental implications and action required. This is in addition to the work of my environment unit, especially in following up last September's environment White Paper "This Common Inheritance".