Shades of green in the election manifestos

The environment has dropped down the political agenda in recent months, and the Conservative and Labour election manifestos reflect an apparent conviction that it will not bulk large in the electorate's thinking. But the Liberal Democrats have given it high priority in their manifesto.

The Conservatives' election manifestos for the 1983 and 1987 elections offered no new ideas on environmental protection, and this year's continues the trend.

The Conservatives have highlighted three pledges in their manifesto. These are the establishment of an Environment Agency, a duty on the Agency to publish an annual state of the environment report, and support for the introduction of integrated pollution control based on the UK model

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