§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment she has made of the recent report of Valuplast on the extent of recovery and recycling of plastics. 
§ Mr. Battle
I am aware of a number of reports and presentations by Valuplast in recent months concerning the UK's recovery and recycling of plastics. I believe that these show steady growth, but that industry investment will be needed to achieve the targets in the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997.