“People often think about environment issues and wonder whether the Government can have an impact on that. If you just look at one thing that we’ve done, in 2015 we introduced the 5p charge on carrier bags, on plastic bags. Actually we now see nine billion fewer plastic bags being used.
“It’s making a real difference. We want to do the same in relation to single plastic use. Nobody who watched Blue Planet will doubt the need for us to do something.”
This follows Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement in the Budget last November that the Government is to look at taxes and charges to help prevent pollution and protect the environment.