§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what will be the impact on his budgets for research into air quality, marine pollution, and waste management of the recent announcements relating to Warren Spring Laboratory.
§ Mr. Gummer
The transitional costs of the merger of WSL with the Atomic Energy Authority to form the National Environment Technology Centre will not fall on 5W my budgets in these areas of research. In the longer term, the Government believe that the merged organisation will be able to offer better value for money to all its customers.