HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c98W
Mr. Redwood

To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what assessment she has made of the risk of extra industrial pollution elsewhere in the world as a result of tighter emission controls in the United Kingdom; [5841]

(2) what assessment she has made of the impact of tighter controls on industrial emissions than elsewhere in the world on the numbers of (a) job losses, (b) factory closures and (c) bankruptcies in the United Kingdom. [5842]

Mr. Battle

In recognition of this risk, the UK seeks the greatest possible international participation in environmental agreements, both to maximise the potential environmental benefits and to minimise any risks to our competitiveness that might arise. Studies by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have not so far identified evidence of significant industrial migration to countries with lower environmental standards.