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Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the whole-life carbon footprint of (a) paper and (b) plastic bags. (194606)

The Environment Agency is carrying out a study to consider the environmental impacts of a range of carrier bags (including disposable plastic carrier bags and bio-degradable alternatives) over their entire life cycle, from raw material extraction through to product manufacture, use and final disposal. The study is due to report later this year.