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Environment

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of the bids made for contracts awarded by his Department; who makes such an assessment; and whether these assessments are published. [114841]

It is Government policy to ensure that the relevant officials consider environmental/sustainable development impacts, along with a range of other criteria, when contract bids are assessed. Such assessments are not published.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria, of the bids made for the different grants awarded by his Department; who makes such an assessment; and whether these assessments are published. [114844]

The Treasury provides grants and grants in aid to the following bodies: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; British-American Parliamentary Group; Inter-Parliamentary Union; British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body; and Statistics Commission.