Latest Whitehall reports lack environmental targets

The greening of the Whitehall machine is moving slowly forward. An official promise that Government Departments would give an account of their environmental stewardship in their annual reports has not been kept in all of the latest reports, and virtually no targets have been set against which Departments' future performance can be measured.

The reporting arrangements were promised by the White Paper on the environment in September 1990. They were one of a series of initiatives for promoting environmental concern in Whitehall, including the appointment of a "green" Minister in each Department, the establishment of three ministerial committees on the environment and energy efficiency, and two guides on "green" housekeeping measures and environmental appraisal of policies.

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