HC Deb 24 March 1998 vol 309 cc111-2W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what initiatives her Department has taken to promote markets for British environmental technologies(a) within the United Kingdom and (b) abroad. [35754]

Mr. Battle

The Government fully recognise the enormous potential of the UK environmental industry to create jobs, win exports and protect the environment. Support for the industry is provided through the Joint Environmental Markets Unit (JEMU). On 18 March, at a launch event I attended with my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment, we published JEMU's business plan for the next three years, setting out how JEMU will be working with the industry to pursue its missionto nurture the development of a strong, competitive and world-class UK environmental industry capable of competing successfully in the world market place".

The Business Plan details planned activities under eight main objectives—activities designed to raise the profile of the industry both at home and overseas. It indicates that JEMU will be focusing attention on a number of key areas including export promotion in selected overseas markets, and also sets out the range of support services available to the industry across government.

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