§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the reasons for the delay in announcing the future responsibilities of Nirex. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 7 June 2004]: The Government are considering the best means of making Nirex independent of industry and subject to greater Government control, as we announced in July 2003. The options for this need to be considered and discussed with Nirex itself and its industry shareholders. The Government will announce the outcome of the Nirex review once it has been completed.