Environmentalists given chance to influence Labour policy

An Environmental Policy Commission is to be launched by the Labour Party on 7 June as the next step in its plans to prepare a new environmental policy for the next election. Representatives of Britain's leading environmental groups have been given an early opportunity to influence the Commission's thinking at its first meeting.

The new Commission will co-ordinate the development of Labour's environmental policies. Its initial proposals are expected in May 1994, in time to be debated at the party's annual conference in the autumn.

The Commission's meeting on 7 June will be addressed by Labour's leader, John Smith, and will provide environmental groups with their first opportunity to convince him that environmental protection is an electorally significant issue. U

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