§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if the promotion of sustainable development is one of his Department's objectives; 
(2) what action his Department is taking to promote sustainable development. 
§ Mr. Freeman
The objective of promoting sustainable development is an integral part of my Department's environmental strategy, which is supported by a comprehensive departmental action plan. The main elements of that plan are tomaximise the efficiency of energy usage;minimise wastage in the use of goods and products, and maximise recycling of waste materials;maximise procurement of goods and supplies which avoid dependence in their production on non-renewable resources or pollutant substances; andmaximise the purchase of products based on recycled materials.