§ Mr. Salmond
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for a successor to the environmental protection technology scheme; what level of finance he will make available to the body; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
As my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade announced to the House on 7 December, there will be a new environmental technology best practice programme operated jointly by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of the Environment. This programme will build on earlier schemes including the joint DOE/DTI environmental technology innovation scheme, previously the environmental protection technology scheme. The budget for the new programme is £16 million over five years, shared between the Departments.