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Departmental Sustainable Development

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when his Department plans to publish its sustainable operations policy statement. (195876)

My Department has aligned itself with the NI Sustainable Development Strategy and Implementation Plan, launched by the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my right hon. Friend the Member for Neath (Mr. Hain) in 2006, and now being taken forward by the NI Executive.

The NI Executive is currently carrying out a review of its approach to Sustainable Development and as part of that process has asked Departments to revise their policy statements. The NIO is revising its policy statement and when this exercise is completed we will place a copy of the new statement on the NIO website and in the House of Commons Library.