§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will outline the priorities for future action of the green Minister in his Department(a) over the next year and (b) over this Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Robert Jackson
Over the next and subsequent years as green Minister for the Office of Public Service and Science, OPSS, I will have responsibility for seeing that environmental concerns are taken into account where appropriate in the policies and work of the Department. I will also be responsible for publicising environmental initiatives. The OPSS is committed to reducing its direct and indirect consumption of non-renewable resources by, for example, improving energy efficiency wherever practicable; considering the purchase of environmentally friendly products where available; minimising pollution; and adopting environmental performance as an integral part of internal audits.