HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 c760W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which green transport initiatives the Government have supported in the Merseyside PTA area in(a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04. [130433]

Mr. McNulty

The Government expect local authorities to reflect the principles of sustainable development in their Local Transport Plans (LTPs). They are, for example, required to show how their LTPs will reduce CO2 emissions from transport sources, how they would contribute to tackling air quality problems, and how they would minimise noise impacts. The Government, through their funding of LTPs, aim to deliver better environmental outcomes across the whole range of Local Transport Plan schemes and initiatives. It would therefore be misleading to identify "green transport initiatives" separately—environmental issues are fully integrated into wider local transport policy.

The Merseyside local authorities have reported in detail on their delivery of schemes and initiatives in LTP Annual Progress Reports, covering 2001–02 and 2002–03.