§ Mr. Nellist
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his letter of 4 March, what consideration he has given to banning immediately the production of ozone-depleting substances and filling essential applications, including asthma inhalers, from existing stocks; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
The Government are firmly committed to phasing out CFCs by the end of 1995 at the latest. An immediate phase-out of these substances would not be possible, because substitutes for some relatively high volume uses of CFCs still require further development before the overall demand will be low enough to be met by existing stocks.