§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mrs. Brinton) of 2 November 2000,Official Report, column 551W, if he will make a statement on progress in developing his Department's soil protection strategy. 
§ Mr. Meacher
As I stated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mrs. Brinton), we intend to publish for consultation a draft soil strategy soon.