15th December 1997
By the Select Committee appointed
to consider Science and Technology.
MEETING WITH THE DEPUTY
On 15th December 1997,
we received oral evidence from the Right Honourable John Prescott MP,
Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment,
Transport and the Regions. Mr Prescott was accompanied by Michael
Meacher MP, Minister of State, and Dr David Fisk, Chief Scientist.
The witnesses answered questions on:
action following the Kyoto
conference on climate change;
nuclear power and nuclear waste;
hypothecated taxation for environmental
environmental audit of Government;
housing development, brown field
sites and water supply;
planning of technological developments
of national importance; and
Regional Development Agencies.
The transcript of our
exchanges is appended to this Report.
In November 1996 this
Committee made a Report, Towards Zero Emissions for Road Transport
(1st Report, Session 1996-97, HL Paper 13). The Government
have now made a written response, which is also appended to this