§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many environmental appraisals were produced by the European Commission to accompany proposals presented to the EU Environment Council on 23 March. 
§ Mr. Meacher
There were no presentations of new proposals at the EU Environment Council in March. However, all proposals for legislation are accompanied by an explanatory memorandum which sets out, amongst other things, the environmental justification for the proposal.