Household Projections

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:51 pm on 25th November 1996.

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Photo of John Gummer John Gummer Secretary of State for Environment 4:51 pm, 25th November 1996

My hon. Friend will find that these issues are raised in the consultative document, and he can be sure that my Cabinet colleagues and others will be considering these matters. This is a matter for a public debate and concerns difficult issues—not least the questions of the family, family formation, the stability of the family and the way in which we intend to live. But we cannot start the discussion until we understand that, if we take on a particular life style, that has a direct environmental effect. If we do not want that effect, we must look at our life style, and it is no use pretending that the problem will go away. We must accept that this is a result of the way in which we have decided to live. If we do not want that result, we must live differently.