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LABOUR GOES GREEN WITH POLICY REVAMP

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Labour has launched its most radical environmental policy document, promising to sacri^ce some of the road-building...
Labour has launched its most radical environmental policy document, promising to sacri^ce some of the road-building programme to improve public transport, promote renewable energy sources and set air quality standards for council areas.

In trust for tomorrow represents the greening of the Labour Party, shadow environment secretary Chris Smith said at its launch on Tuesday.

'We set out to integrate environmental concerns into all the relevant policy areas, including economic and industrial policy, transport, energy and agriculture. The green agenda can no longer be an optional extra. It is central to Labour's commitment to modernising the economy and increasing social justice.'

Labour proposes to establish a House of Commons environmental audit committee to hold ministers accountable for the environmental impact of their policies. Citizens will have environmental rights governing air and water quality and countryside access.

- The government has launched the 1995 Environmental Action Fund. On Tuesday environment minister Robert Atkins invited applications for the fund from voluntary groups involved in environmental projects.
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