§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the number of jobs likely to be created by higher environmental standards announced in the last year; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Clappison
The effect of higher environmental standards on competitiveness and jobs is complex and depends on a number of factors, including the design and implementation of each particular standard. Chapter 7 of the third competitiveness White Paper, which was recently published by the Government, outlines some of the issues.