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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding (a) councils in England, (b) Birmingham and (c) Solihull have received to support recycling in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The main source of funding for local authorities' waste management services is the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services (EPCS) block of annual Government grant. It is for the local authorities to decide what proportion of the block is invested in waste management services, including recycling.
Funding is also being provided from a variety of other sources to help authorities improve recycling rates. The Waste Minimisation and Recycling (Challenge) Fund has made available funding totalling £275 million over the four years from 200203 to 200506 for specific projects to expand recycling operations.
Through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), credits worth £355 million have been made available over the same period as an extra source of funding, with a further £535 million available in 200607 and 200708.
In January 2004 my hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Climate Change and the Environment, Elliot Morley, announced that a further £20 million would be given to local authorities with responsibility for waste in England to reduce spending pressures in 200405.
In December 2004 the Government announced a targeted local authority Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant totalling £260 million over the three years between 200506 and 200708. A full list of allocations to each authority in England in 200506 is available on the DEFRA website. Authorities will receive further allocations in 200607 and 200708.
|Birmingham city council|
|National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund||347,384|||||||
|Grant to relieve spending pressures in the waste area||||||281,600|||
|Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant||||||||807,196|
|Solihull metropolitan borough council|
|National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund||205,000|||||||
|Grant to relieve spending pressures in the waste area||||||55,120|||
|Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant||||||||158,033|
Mr. Morley: Since August 2004 various actions have been put in hand, as follows, in relation to the sewage collection system and treatment works, to reduce the frequency or impact of the overflows that operate during some wet weather conditions, to prevent flooding and the overloading of sewage treatment plants:
In addition, the Thames Tideway Strategic Study, which was set up to identify problems caused by intermittent storm sewage discharges and to propose potential solutions having regard to costs and benefits, has continued its work. Ministers and the Office of Water Services (Ofwat) await a report on further investigations by the study group concerning aspects of the long-term proposal for a 35km tunnel under the Thames, and potential smaller-scale measures that could deliver earlier improvements.
Mr. Morley: The following list sets out the names of the 57 combined sewer overflows (from west to east) that discharge to the tidal Thames. These only discharge in storm conditions. I have arranged for a map to be deposited in the House Libraries that identifies their locations.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume of sewage discharges from each sewage treatment worksin north west London was in each of the last 10years. 
The works that treat sewage from north west London are Mogdenin west London, and Becktonin east London. However, they do not serve north west London exclusively, and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of the volume of their discharges which derive from north west London.
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