Mr. William O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce an environmental protection agency to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
In Northern Ireland, most of the intended functions of the proposed agency in England and Wales already lie within central Government, in the environment service of the Department of the Environment. When final details of the agency are available, I will decide whether any proposals for change in Northern Ireland should be made.