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Sustainable Development

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what remit relating to sustainable development is required by her Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) advisory non-departmental bodies, (c) executive non-departmental bodies, (d) tribunals, (e) public corporations and (f) other bodies. [116671]

The Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate and the targets and reporting requirements it contains applies to DTI's Executive Agencies; Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and other associate bodies are outside its scope.The Cabinet Office guide, "NDPBs: A Guide for Departments", makes clear that associate bodies should consider their role in helping the UK move towards sustainable development. The Government are committed to keeping under review progress in adding sustainable development as an objective for existing associate bodies and to assess whether sustainable development should be included in the remit of all new public bodies.