§ 22. Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment his Department has now made of the length of time taken for the Gulf environment to make a full ecological recovery from military action in the Gulf war.
§ Mr. Maclean
My Department has made no specific assessment. The June 1992 report of the United Nations Secretary General—a copy of which has been placed in the Library—summarised the results of action to assess and ameliorate the Gulf ecology. It notes some quick and effective recovery in air quality and vegetation. On the details of the impact on the marine environment we await the report of a three-month research vessel cruise carried out in 1992.