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Sustainable Development

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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. [116670]

DCMS has over 60 sponsored bodies including one executive agency (Royal Parks) and two public corporations (BBC and Channel Four). The role of the Department in respect of all environmental matters is to ensure that Government targets are made known to autonomous sponsored bodies and to offer guidance and encouragement towards achievement of agreed targets. It is not the Department's role to direct the way in which sponsored bodies are managed but many, such as the Royal Parks Agency and the National Science Museum, are proactive and take a leading role in sustainability and biodiversity. In the Greening Government First Annual Report a commitment was made to have Cabinet Office NDPB guidance revised to include the requirement for departments to encompass Sustainable Development into the remit of any newly created NDPB. This was done and reported in the Greening Government Second Annual Report.