HC Deb 17 December 1997 vol 303 c212W
Mr. Ernie Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the first annual report of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency will be published. [21621]

Mr. Dewar

I laid a copy of SEPA's First Annual Report and Accounts before both Houses on 16 December. It contains details of the progress made by SEPA in its first year of operation, and a copy of its accounts, which cover the first 18 months of its existence. I am pleased to see that SEPA has made a good start and has done very well to pull together the very diverse bodies from which it was formed. I am also satisfied that SEPA is now on a firm financial footing and can move forward confidently to bring about the continuing improvement of Scotland's environment which we all wish to see.