§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list and summarise briefly each of the initial commitments in the citizens charters which are environmental standards or targets; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The citizens charter commitment to high quality services also extends to a clean and safe environment—for example:
Explanatory guides on "Green Rights and Responsibilities" have been published in England, 728W Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These explain citizens' rights and responsibilities on environmental issues; and offer guidance on how to complain if standards are not being met.
Under the council tenants charter all local authorities are expected to publish a statement advising tenants how their individual councils deal with environmental nuisances, such as graffiti and noisy parties.
In addition the Government intend to publish a local environment charter in the spring which will detail citizens, rights to high environmental standards from their local authority.