Government prepares ground for sustainable development strategy

The Government launched a public consultation exercise in February aimed at delivering a new strategy on sustainable development by the end of 1998. To track progress, Ministers have proposed a core set of sustainable development indicators, and have also confirmed plans to widen the debate to embrace social and economic issues. Whitehall has also introduced the concept of "eco-efficiency" into the UK policy lexicon.

The new strategy is to be issued in draft this autumn. It will replace the previous Government's strategy, published in 1994 (ENDS Report 228, pp 18-21 ).

In its consultation paper, the Government says that the strategy will need to bring together policies on business, jobs, welfare, education, training and h

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