§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what involvement he will have in the implementation of learning initiatives proposed by the Environment Agency in "The Business of Learning—Investing in a Sustainable Future". 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 15 February 2001]: I recently met Sir John Harman and colleagues to hear about their consultation on "The Business of Learning". The Environment Agency is proposing a number of initiatives building on its Pathfinder project and extending 657W its involvement in sustainable development education. The Government's sustainable development education panel has already made a significant contribution towards raising the profile of sustainable development education in schools, further and higher education, and among the general public. I am considering with colleagues at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions the extent to which the proposals outlined in the consultation paper might complement the panel's work.