§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the ways in which his Department has(a) demonstrated by example and (b) promoted externally, the ability to improve efficiency and competitiveness through environmental auditing; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Liam Fox
In considering project proposals, ODA programme managers are required to consider the need for environmental analysis and audit as set out in "Manual of Environmental Appraisal", a copy of which is in the
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House Library. ODA supports the demonstration and promotion of environmental auditing as part of its development programmes in a number of countries.
Examples are environmental audit by British Steel of a Zimbabwe Steel Corporation—ZISCO—site as part of an aid and trade provision funded privatisation programme; Audits have also been commissioned for ODA projects in Guyana, privatisation of industrial sectors; in India, potential environmental liabilities associated with power sector reform.
With regard to the promotion of improved efficiency and competitiveness through environmental auditing, ODA is providing technical assistance to assess the environmental impacts of the Ventanas copper smelter, Chile, upon people living in surrounding areas. The environmental audit of the smelter identified low-costno—cost options to manage solid, liquid and gaseous wastes.
In Egypt, ODA is supporting the development and application of environmental auditing skills in three sectors—textiles, oil and soap, and food—through audits of 36 sites, identification of low-cost or no-cost solutions to environmental problems, financial support in the implementation of demonstration projects and training for factory staff and private sector—environmental consultants.