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Environmental Appraisals

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Department's policies have been screened for their environmental impact since June 2001; how many environmental appraisals have been conducted, and on what policy issues; and what information has been published about these screenings and appraisals. [124711]

No central records are kept of the number of policies for which environmental screenings are undertaken. However, advice on the need to screen policies for environmental impacts is contained on the Department's policy makers checklist and the ministerial website on the Department's Intranet site states that policy submissions should contain a section on environmental considerations.No environmental appraisals have been conducted on policy issues, although assessments of environmental impacts are undertaken on building developments as required by planning authorities.