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Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of supermarkets on reducing packaging. (137601)

My Ministerial colleagues and I have had a number of recent meetings with senior supermarket representatives to discuss a wide range of environmental issues, including packaging.

All the major retailers and several major brands have agreed to a Government request to reduce the amount of packaging in the first place, designing out packaging growth by 2008 and deliver absolute reductions in packaging by March 2010.