HC Deb 04 July 2003 vol 408 cc524-5W
Paul Holmes

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the departmental strategy for sustainable development will be published; and if he will make a statement on steps that (a) are being taken and (b) are planned to take forward the strategy. [119126]

Maria Eagle

The Department for Work and Pensions has already published some extracts from its Sustainable Development Strategy, as responses to the published targets from the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate. The full strategy is currently being developed by the Department's dedicated Sustainable Development Team in consultation with officials from across DWP and its Executive Agencies. It is intended that the strategy will be published using the web site by the beginning of 2004, with subsequent additions being made as further targets are published under the Framework.

There is already in place a Sustainable Development Steering Group who have overall responsibility for the delivery of the objectives contained within the DWP Sustainable Development Policy Statement. They will have strategic control of the strategy and ensure that it remains on course to deliver real improvements.

A further group of officials—the Sustainable Development Network Group—have a more practical role to play in actively working within their areas and Business Units, on a day to day basis, to deliver the targets contained within the strategy.

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