HC Deb 23 July 2004 vol 424 cc784-5W
Mr. Horam

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new policy proposals or significant changes in policy were produced by his Department in(a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; how many of these were screened for their environmental impacts; and how many were the subject of separate environmental appraisals. [185107]

Mr. Miliband

The Department for Education and Skills produces a Regulatory Impact Assessment where a proposed policy is likely to have an impact on business, charities and the voluntary sector. The Regulatory Impact Assessment includes an environmental impact appraisal where this is deemed appropriate. In 2002–03, 2003–04, none of the Department's Regulatory Impact Assessments have included an environmental assessment.