§ The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Margaret Beckett)
I am delighted to announce that the consultation "Taking it on: Developing UK Sustainable Development Strategy" was launched today.
The UK Government, together with the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland are consulting to develop new 19WS sustainable strategy for the UK. The consultation will include local and regional events and an online consultation facility, and will provide a strong basis for renewed action to deliver sustainable development.
The consultation will close on 31 July. We aim to publish the new UK strategic framework, and the UK Government's strategy, in spring 2005.
The consultation document will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses, and is also available on the UK Government's sustainable development website.