HC Deb 17 December 1997 vol 303 cc191-2W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the current priorities of the Green Minister within his Department. [20512]

Dawn Primarolo

As the Treasury's Green Minister I am committed to 'greening' the Department's operations, to integrating environmental considerations into other policy areas, and to improving the economic analysis underpinning the Government's environmental initiatives.

The statement of intent on Environmental Taxation, issued with the July Budget, committed the Government to the delivery of sustainable growth. In line with that statement, we are exploring the scope for using the tax system, where appropriate, to deliver environmental objectives. Key current priorities were indicated in the Pre-Budget Report.