HC Deb 07 March 1994 vol 239 c49W
Mr. Ainger

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what responsibility his Department has for promoting the interests of the marine aggregates industry.

Mr. Baldry

[holding answer 4 March 1994]: My Department has sponsorship responsibility for the construction products and materials industries generally, and including. the marine aggregates industry. It provides a first point of contact for the products and materials sectors; acts as the link between Government and the industry; speaks for the industry in Government; and co-ordinates action on environmental issues that affect the products and materials sectors of the industry. My Department also co-ordinates the Government view procedure which is a prerequisite for the licensing of extraction.