§ Mr. Ancram
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress he has made towards issuing an environmental charter; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State announced his intention to develop a charter for local authority environment services at the Prime Minister's seminar on 19 June. He has proposed that the charter should be developed through a working group of the central and local government environment forum and that it should build on the existing good practice in authorities. In addition, other environmental authorities will apply the charter principles to their services to the public.