HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 c166W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what plans he has for consultation with women about appropriate ways to promote sustainable development; and if he will make a statement; [3747]

(2) what plans he has to ensure opportunities for women to participate in decision-making on environmental matters; and if he will make a statement. [3748]

Ms Angela Eagle

Our sustainable development strategy involves environmental, economic and social goals and is about improving the quality of life for all. Women's groups will be consulted with others as we draw up proposals for revising the strategy over the coming months and we will continue to consult widely—including with appropriate women's organizations—as the Department works up its environmental programmes. As part of our initiative to increase the influence of women in decision-making we are in the process of setting targets for higher levels of representation by women in our public bodies.