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PRESCOTT DEFENDS GOVERNMENT'S RECORD ON GREEN ISSUES

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Deputy prime minister John Prescott defended the government's record on green issues, on BBC Radio Four's Today pro...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott defended the government's record on green issues, on BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

Today reported that there will be a debate this evening between environment minister Michael Meacher and green campaigner John Whitelegg.

Professor Whitelegg told the programme: 'What we have seen over the past two years is a dramatic failure by the government to deliver on its own promises'. Car traffic was not being reduced and the planning system was failing to protect the green belt, he said.

But speaking on the programme, Mr Prescott denied that the government had gone back on its promises to reduce traffic and said policy was to reduce car use and increase the use of public transport.
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