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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has held with retailers and manufacturers in the last 12 months on reducing excess packaging. (252923)

DEFRA is in discussion with retailers and manufacturers through a voluntary agreement between industry and Government called the Courtauld Commitment. There have been a number of meetings over the past 12 months to discuss the issue of excess packaging. In 2008 the Courtauld Commitment successfully achieved its objective of stopping growth in grocery retail packaging, and signatories are now working towards their second aim of reducing the amount of packaging used by 2010. Discussions are under way to agree further reduction targets for the post-2010 commitment.