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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) on what date a full life-cycle analysis of plastic carrier bags was first commissioned; and on what date it is expected to be published;
(2) what steps his Department has taken to produce a full life-cycle analysis of plastic carrier bags.
The life cycle analysis of carrier bags is being carried out by the Environment Agency. It was commissioned in January 2006 and is expected to be published at the end of this year.
The Environment Agency is looking at a range of carrier bags, including disposable plastic carrier bags and bio-degradable alternatives. The study is looking at their entire life-cycle from raw material extraction, through manufacture and use, to reuse, recycling and emissions from final disposal.