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CAPPING CRITERIA: REPRESENTATIONS

Viscount St Davids asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): We have received a large number of representations from authorities, including new information and revised data, which we are considering carefully. However, we have now reached preliminary views on all these representations, and we are informing authorities of our current proposals reflecting these preliminary conclusions. Tables showing our current proposals have been placed in the Library of the House.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: UK ROUND TABLE

Viscount St Davids asked Her Majesty's Government:

Viscount Ullswater: The inaugural meeting of the Round Table is being held today. Professor Sir Richard Southwood and my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment will be co-chairmen.

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This is a major new body with a vital role in driving forward environmentally sustainable development. It will have the following objectives:

* to help identify the agenda and priorities for sustainable development;

* to develop new areas of consensus on difficult issues of sustainable development and, where this is not possible, to clarify and reduce difference;

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* to provide advice and recommendations on actions to achieve sustainable development;

* to help evaluate progress towards objectives; and

* to inform and involve others, building wider support for emerging consensus.

A copy of my right honourable friend's letter of invitation to members has been placed in the House Libraries. A list of members will be placed in the Libraries today.

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