§ Sue Doughty
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who her Department's Green Minister is; when they(a) have attended and (b) plan to attend meetings of the Green Ministers' Committee; what the outcomes of meetings were for her Department's activities; and if she will make a statement. 826W
§ Mr. Stephen Twigg
Our Green Minister is Baroness Ashton of Upholland.
Following the general election in June 2001, the previously informal Green Ministers Committee was upgraded to a Cabinet Sub-Committee of ENV and it is established practice under exemption two of Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information not to disclose information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees. Therefore I cannot relate progress or outcomes by my Department to anything that has been discussed.
However, I am happy to confirm my Department's commitment to promoting sustainable development, including green issues. Our departmental strategy to 2006 mentions sustainable development in relation to our investment strategy for schools, colleges and universities and in the modernisation of the Department's estate.