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Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords]

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords]

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Standing Committee B

Thursday 10 April 2003

(Morning)

[Mr. Win Griffiths in the Chair]

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords]

8.55 am

The Minister for the Environment (Mr. Michael Meacher): I wish to clarify a point that was raised in Committee on Tuesday by the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker). There was discussion about clause 13(3), which provides for regulations enabling the monitoring authority or persons authorised by it to carry out certain inspection functions in relation to landfill operators. I mistakenly suggested that provision might be limited to a specific organisational pattern in Northern Ireland. That is not the case. The clause does not limit those who can act as agents for the monitoring authority. However, such agents would, of course, need to be authorised by the monitoring authority. It is highly unlikely that a debt collection agency would be so authorised, which I think was the hon. Gentleman's concern.

Norman Baker (Lewes): I am grateful to the Minister for his willingness to put the record straight. My concern is not limited in the way that the Minister indicates. I fear that the power is wider than has been suggested, and reserve the right to return to the matter on Report, subject to the usual agreements.

Clause 17

Strategy for England

Amendment proposed [8 April]: No. 59, in

    clause 17, page 11, line 27, after 'production', insert 'or'. —[Mr. Wiggin.]

The Chairman: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment No. 4, in

    clause 17, page 11, line 28, leave out 'or energy recovery'.

Amendment No. 5, in

    clause 18, page 12, line 40, leave out 'or energy recovery'.

Amendment No. 6, in

    clause 19, page 13, line 28, leave out 'or energy recovery'.

Amendment No. 7, in

    clause 20, page 14, line 16, leave out 'or energy recovery'.

Amendment No. 8, in

    clause 22, page 15, line 28, after 'sorting', insert

    ', but not including incineration'.

New clause 5

Strategies for incineration: England

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State must have a strategy for—

    (a) Placing a moratorium on the building of new incinerators until a review is completed of the health and environmental impacts of incineration and other thermal treatments of waste.

    (b) Reducing the amount of waste that is sent for incineration at existing sites.

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    (c) Extending the landfill tax to incorporate incineration.

    (2) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsection (1), the Secretary of State must—

    (a) consult the Scottish Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales, the Department of the Environment, the Secretary of State for the Home Office, the Environment Agency and the Mayor of London,

    (b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to him to be representative of the interests of local government as he considers appropriate,

    (c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to him to be representative of the interests of industry as he considers appropriate, and

    (d) carry out such public consultation as he considers appropriate.

    (3) The Secretary of State must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsection (1).

    (4) The Secretary of State must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (3), send a copy of it to—

    (a) the Scottish Ministers,

    (b) the National Assembly for Wales, and

    (c) the Department of the Environment.'.

New clause 6

Strategies for incineration: Scotland

    '.—(1) The Scottish Ministers must have a strategy for—

    (a) Placing a moratorium on the building of new incinerators until a review is completed of the health and environmental impacts of incineration and other thermal treatments of waste.

    (b) Reducing the amount of waste that is sent for incineration at existing sites.

    (c) Extending the landfill tax to incorporate incineration.

    (2) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsection (1), the Scottish Ministers must—

    (a) consult the Secretary of State, the National Assembly for Wales, the Department of the Environment and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency,

    (b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to them to be representative of the interests of local government as they consider appropriate,

    (c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to them to be representative of the interests of industry as they consider appropriate, and

    (d) carry out such public consultation as they consider appropriate.

    (3) The Scottish Ministers must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsection (1).

    (4) The Scottish Ministers must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (3), send a copy of it to—

    (a) the Secretary of State,

    (b) the National Assembly for Wales, and

    (c) the Department of the Environment.'.

New clause 7

Strategies for incineration: Wales

    '.—(1) The National Assembly for Wales must have a strategy for—

    (a) Placing a moratorium on the building of new incinerators until a review is completed of the health and environmental impacts of incineration and other thermal treatments of waste.

    (b) Reducing the amount of waste that is sent for incineration at existing sites.

    (c) Extending the landfill tax to incorporate incineration.

    (2) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsection (1), the Assembly must—

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    (a) consult the Secretary of State, the Scottish Ministers, the Department of the Environment and the Environment Agency,

    (b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to it to be representative of the interests of local government as it considers appropriate,

    (c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to it to be representative of the interests of industry as it considers appropriate, and

    (d) carry out such public consultation as it considers appropriate.

    (3) The Assembly must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsection (1).

    (4) The Assembly must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (3), send a copy of it to—

    (a) the Secretary of State,

    (b) the Scottish Ministers, and

    (c) the Department of the Environment.'.

New clause 8

Strategies for incineration: Northern Ireland

    '.—(1) The Department of the Environment must have a strategy for—

    (a) Placing a moratorium on the building of new incinerators until a review is completed of the health and environmental impacts of incineration and other thermal treatments of waste.

    (b) Reducing the amount of waste that is sent for incineration at existing sites.

    (c) Extending the landfill tax to incorporate incineration.

    (2) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsection (1), the Department must—

    (a) consult the Secretary of State, the Scottish Ministers and the National Assembly for Wales,

    (b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to it to be representative of the interests of local government as it considers appropriate,

    (c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to it to be representative of the interests of industry as it considers appropriate, and

    (d) carry out such public consultation as it considers appropriate.

    (3) The Department must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsection (1).

    (4) The Department must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (3), send a copy of it to—

    (a) the Secretary of State,

    (b) the Scottish Ministers, and

    (c) the National Assembly for Wales.'.

New clause 9

Strategies for incineration: England

    '(1) The Secretary of State must have a strategy for assessing the environmental and health impacts from incinerators.

    (2) The Secretary of State will set out in Regulations:

    (a) that all currently operating incinerators will begin continuous monitoring of dioxin emissions;

    (b) that waste disposal authorities must produce waste strategies that do not require the building of new incinerators.

    (3) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), the Secretary of State must—

    (a) consult the Scottish Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales, the Department of the Environment, the Secretary of State for the Home Office, the Environment Agency and the Mayor of London,

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    (b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to him to be representative of the interests of local government as he considers appropriate,

    (c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to him to be representative of the interests of industry as he considers appropriate, and

    (d) carry out such public consultation as he considers appropriate.

    (4) The Secretary of State must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

    (5) The Secretary of State must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (4), send a copy of it to—

    (a) the Scottish Ministers,

    (b) the National Assembly for Wales, and

    (c) the Department of the Environment.'.

New clause 10

Strategies for incineration: Scotland

    '(1) The Scottish Ministers must have a strategy for assessing the environmental and health impacts from incinerators.

    (2) The Scottish Ministers will set out in legislation:

    (a) that all currently operating incinerators will begin continuous monitoring of dioxin emissions;

    (b) that waste disposal authorities must produce waste strategies that do not require the building of new incinerators.

    (3) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), the Scottish Ministers must—

    (a) consult the Secretary of State, the National Assembly for Wales, the Department of the Environment and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency,

    (b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to them to be representative of the interests of local government as they consider appropriate,

    (c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to them to be representative of the interests of industry as they consider appropriate, and

    (d) carry out such public consultation as they consider appropriate.

    (4) The Scottish Ministers must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

    (5) The Scottish Ministers must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (4), send a copy of it to—

    (a) the Secretary of State,

    (b) the National Assembly for Wales, and

    (c) the Department of the Environment.'.

 
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