Greening of Whitehall fails to convince

Scepticism about the Government's claim to have achieved the "greening of Whitehall" has been fuelled by the inability of every Department to answer a parliamentary question about its purchases of ozone-depleting chemicals, and by their confusion about the Government's policy on the issue. Meanwhile, two ministerial committees on the environment and energy efficiency have been disbanded, to be replaced by arrangements which are at least as opaque to public scrutiny.

The measures taken in the aftermath of the 1990 White Paper on the environment to integrate environmental considerations into the policies and housekeeping practices of every Department have been officially proclaimed as a world first for the UK. But assessing their effectiveness is often impossible because the procedures involved and their outcomes are treated as official secrets, or for one of the many other reasons which Whitehall has inven

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