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Sustainable development consultation hides government inactivity - Baker

April 20, 2004 12:00 AM

Norman Baker MPCommenting ahead of tomorrow's launch of the Government's consultation process for a new sustainable development strategy, Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary, said:

"It is good that the words 'sustainable development' are finally crossing Ministers' lips. But the suspicion must be that yet more consultation is simply there to give the appearance of activity, while hiding the reality of inaction.

"We already know what the problem is. We had the Sustainable Development Commission Report only last week. That report showed up serious failings by the Government, particularly in transport and waste.

"Margaret Beckett should be spending her time rectifying the glaring problems already identified rather than attempting to buy time with more frothy consultations."