HC Deb 14 December 1993 vol 234 c536W
Mr. Duncan Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the United Kingdom will be requesting continued production of halons in 1995 to meet essential users.

Mr. Yeo

The Government do not believe that any production of new halons will be necessary in 1995 to meet essential uses.

We welcome the decision of the fifth meeting of the parties to the Montreal protocol not to allow any continued production of halon for essential uses in 1994. This decision reflects the success of halon banking, both nationally and internationally.

The Government commend the work of the Halon Users National Consortium—HUNC—and would urge all halon users to join HUNC to ensure that the bank continues to be a success.