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Biodiversity

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister in his Department is responsible for monitoring his Department's compliance with its duty under section 74 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to have regard to the purpose of conserving biological diversity in carrying out its functions; and if he will make a statement. (73936)

As Financial Secretary, I am the HM Treasury's Sustainable Development Minister responsible for both sustainable development policy and sustainability of our internal operations.

HMT is taking a number of steps to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. These are set out in our sustainable development action plan which is available on our website. http://www.hm- treasury.gov.uk./media/089/DA/sustainabledev_ 170306.pdf .