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Environment secretary John Gummer today welcomed publication of a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operat...
Environment secretary John Gummer today welcomed publication of a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the UK's Environmental Performance.

'This independent report gives full recognition to the environmental progress made in the UK over the past 10-15 years in legislation, institutional arrangements and on the ground. We are considering the recommendations for further progress in the report very carefully.

'The report represents a valuable contribution to the continuing debate in the UK on how we make future development sustainable. We will publish a response to the Report next year. We hope other OECD countries will consider doing this as well to capitalise fully on this important programme of work by the OECD'.

The report notes the UK's strong scientific establishment, the increased cost transparency arising from water privatisation, the leading role played by the UK in the development of the concept of critical loads, the wide international interest in the UK's work on integrated pollution control, the significant improvements with respect to emission levels and atmospheric concentrations of SO2, particulates and lead.

The report also notes the UK Strategy for Sustainable Development published in 1994 which clearly recognises that demand for resources must be managed with environmental objectives taken into account.

The report is available from HMSO, Price £22, ISBN 92-64- 14260-6.

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