HC Deb 27 January 1997 vol 289 c104W
Ms Ruddock

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the(a) White Papers, (b) Green Papers, (c) consultation papers, (d) draft regulations and (e) circulars, for which his Department has been responsible issued in 1996 which his Department assesses could give rise, (i) directly and (ii) indirectly, to significant environmental effects. [12705]

Mr. Roger Evans

The impact on the environment of our core business has always been considered to be less than significant. This opinion has been supported by Department of the Environment consultants in phase 1 of its on-going review of the policy appraisal and environment initiative which has ranked the Department of Social Security in the low-impact category. Accordingly any White, Green or consultation papers, draft regulations and circulars issued by this Department in 1996 are not considered to have an impact, either directly or indirectly, on the environment to any material degree.