The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Currently the most important drivers of change in the cost of food are commodity prices, exchange rates and oil prices. These will continue to apply when we leave the EU. Economic models attempt to predict the impact of food prices of changes in our trading relationships with the EU and the rest of the world. Defra economists continue to monitor this work.
Defra does not intend to include plastic packaging boxes, such as those used by fast food outlets, in a deposit return scheme. Our intention is to introduce a deposit return scheme in England specifically for single use drinks containers, subject to consultation later this year.
We included an assessment of the impact of the proposed expanded London ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in the analysis carried out as part of the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. We published this analysis in the technical report accompanying the plan (see link below). We await the data on the changes to traffic composition and movements since the introduction of...
Entered the House of Lords on 24 June 2010
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