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Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which national policy statements will be designated within the next two years; and when she expects to publish drafts of each statement for consultation. (204699)

The Secretary of State explained in her written statement of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 11-17WS, that the Government’s aim is to establish a suite of national policy statements that will comprise:

an overarching energy NFS covering key elements of energy policy related to infrastructure provision;

statements encompassing different forms of energy generation such as fossil fuels, renewable energy, electricity networks and gas infrastructure;

a statement for aviation;

a statement for ports;

a statement for the strategic highway and rail networks;

a statement on water supply and waste water treatment;

a statement on waste.

In addition, the White Paper on Nuclear Power published in January explained that we also envisage a National Policy Statement on nuclear power.

We are still considering the precise timescale for consulting on and designating individual national policy statements. We will announce more details on this in due course.