§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Prime Minister when Her Majesty's Government intend to publish their review of progress in the implementation of the action points set out in the White Paper "Our Common Future" and what has been the total cost to date of the actions taken to implement the proposals and commitments.
§ The Prime Minister
The first full progress report on the Environment White Paper (Cm 1200) will be published later this year. The essence of the White Paper commitments is the integration of environmental concerns throughout Government policies. The cost of implementation is therefore reflected across a wide range of spending priorities and an all-inclusive figure for the costs of the action taken to date is not readily available. Among the more substantial expenditure committed isWater investment by the water companies of £28 billion from 1990 to 2000;An extra £23.1 million grant-in-aid in 1991–92 for the National Rivers Authority;£30.2 million representing a rise of 35 per cent. grant-in-aid to the Countryside Commission for 1991–92;Increase of £4 million for research on renewable energy;An extra £133 million credit approval for local authorities over the next three years to improve recycling and waste disposal.