§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department's bases and facilities meet the guidelines set 97W out in paragraph 20.23, as amended, of chapter 20 of "Agenda 21" as agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
It is MOD policy to comply fully with United Kingdom environmental legislation except for certain operational activities where compliance is impractical and closely controlled exemptions are permitted. Appropriate guidance exists on the management of hazardous materials and wastes at defence establishments. It is MOD policy to minimise or eliminate the use of hazardous substances wherever practicable.