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Sewage

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions raw sewage has been found on or near the English coastline since 2001; in how many cases a prosecution was brought in respect thereof; and if he will make a statement. [93246]

Ian Pearson: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 9 October 2006, Official Report, Column 192W.

Exact figures on the number of prosecutions in respect of raw sewage pollution on or near the English coastline are not held centrally.

Waste Management

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's total expenditure to date has been on the new technologies element of the waste implementation programme; what the projected total budget is for the programme; and how many new technology plants it is estimated will be funded. [93130]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 12 October 2006]: The waste implementation programme's new technologies workstream has a budget of £42 million over five years. To date, the expenditure has been £6.74 million.

It is expected that nine technology plants will be built under the Demonstrator programme.

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports his Department has commissioned in the last two years relating to waste management in London; and at what cost. [91959]

Mr. Bradshaw: In October 2005, KPMG was appointed to deliver reports on options analysis for waste management and waste planning in London, contracts and assets relating to waste management and an overarching report. Defra contributed a total of £165,844.50 including value added tax (VAT) and expenses. The Department for Communities and Local Government contributed a further £23,500 including VAT, and the Government Office for London contributed £13,806.25 including VAT.

In February 2006, SLR was appointed to undertake an analysis of responses, concerning waste, to the consultation on “The Greater London Authority: The Government's proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly”. Defra contributed £36,953.75 including VAT and expenses.

In early 2005, Mott MacDonald was jointly commissioned by Defra and the Greater London
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Authority to undertake a report on “Opportunities for efficiency gains in waste management services; London Pilot Study”. Defra contributed a total of £190,556.45 excluding VAT plus expenses.

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources he is making available for the dedicated London waste infrastructure development programme announced in July in “The Greater London Authority: The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly.” [91960]

Mr. Bradshaw: The waste infrastructure development programme (WIDP) was announced in May 2006 and will work nationally with local authorities and the regions to accelerate the building of new waste diversion infrastructure. The Mayor of London and the Government will work together closely on the London component of the programme.

The WIDP is not an additional allocation of funding to a region, but an opportunity to provide extra specialist support to London authorities. The purpose of the WIDP is to ensure that where major infrastructure is required, additional expertise will be targeted at key points in the planning and procurement process, including operational reviews, to help authorities deliver that infrastructure. This will be a welcome additional resource nationally, where specialist skills are often lacking in this sector, as identified in the recent Second Kelly Market Review. The WIDP will dedicate a senior and experienced member of its team to develop and expedite projects in London, with specialist support available from the national team when required.

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his specific proposals for waste management in London announced in July were one of the options in the original consultation document on new powers for the Greater London Authority; and if so, who supported them. [91961]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Government announced, on 13 July, a package of measures on waste that will help London improve its performance without change to current structures.

A number of broad proposals on the future powers and responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA) were put forward in the public consultation carried out by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) between November 2005 and February 2006. These included an option where the current structure for waste management would remain the same. Consultees were also asked whether there were any additional powers that could be given to the GLA that would enable the current structure to work better.

A summary of consultation responses is available from the DCLG's website at http://www.communities. gov.uk/index.asp?id=1501733.

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what ways the
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package of measures for waste management set out in the Government's policy statement “The Greater London Authority: The Government's final proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and the Assembly” promotes (a) the use of hydrogen as a transport or stationary fuel source and (b) the use of new technologies to provide renewable sources of hydrogen from waste. [93243]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 12 October 2006]: The package of measures set out by the Government provides the Mayor with increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. The Mayor sets out policies relating to new technologies and renewable energy, which may include hydrogen production, in his municipal waste management strategy. The enhancement of his powers to require waste authorities to deliver services in general conformity with his strategy, along with his existing power of direction, will help ensure the strategic vision the Mayor sets out for London is delivered on the ground.

The waste and recycling forum announced as part of the package will be led by the Mayor to co-ordinate activity across different sectors and address the key strategic issues facing London. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as transport and climate change. The Mayor leads on the London Hydrogen Partnership, which has just released a report on hydrogen as the bus fuel of the future, where he is working to introduce 70 hydrogen vehicles. I will be interested to see how he takes this forward and links it with waste.

In addition, there will be a dedicated London element to the waste infrastructure development programme (WIDP), which was announced in May 2006, providing a strong role for the Mayor in working with local authorities and the regions to accelerate the building of new waste diversion infrastructure. These revised arrangements should enable the Mayor, boroughs and central Government together to consider more strategically the role of new technologies for treating London's waste, including the scope for hydrogen generation.

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the consultancy reports which have been commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) the Government Office for London on the review of waste management arrangements in London. [93244]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 12 October 2006]: The relevant reports by KPMG have been published on the Defra website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/.

The Government intend to publish shortly the SLR report on the analysis of responses concerning waste to the consultation on “The Greater London Authority: The Government's proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly”. This report will also be made available on the Defra website.

The Mott MacDonald report, jointly commissioned by Defra and the Greater London Authority (GLA),
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“Opportunities for efficiency gains in waste management services; London Pilot Study”, has been published on the GLA's website: http://www.london. gov.uk/mayor/environment/waste/lswa/index.isp

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the panel report on the early alterations to the London plan relating to new technologies for waste. [93245]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 12 October 2006]: The Government do not have a formal role in commenting on the panel report, but we welcome its publication and have noted its conclusions. We await the Mayor's revised policies in his “Intend to Publish” version of the plan.

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many responses there were on the subject of waste management from (a) London boroughs, London waste disposal authorities and other borough groupings, (b) community and voluntary sector organisations, (c) regions, regional assemblies and the Environment Agency, (d) waste management companies, (e) trade unions and (f) others to the Government's consultation entitled, “The Government's proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly”, broken down by those who favoured (i) a changed governance structure but did not specify which option, (ii) option 1, (iii) option 2, (iv) option 3, (v) option 4 and (vi) his Department's preferred option announced in July. [93567]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Government published a summary of responses to their consultation on proposals for additional powers for the Greater London Authority on 13 July. A copy was placed in the Library of the House. That document gives details of the organisations and individuals who responded to the consultation exercise. The summary of consultation responses is also available on the Department for Communities and Local Government's website at the following address: http://www.communities.gov.uk/glapowers.

SLR were appointed to undertake an analysis of responses concerning waste to the consultation on “The Greater London Authority: The Government's proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly”. The SLR report provides a breakdown on the requested categories and will be published on the Defra website by 20 October.

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of London's waste is managed within the capital. [93719]

Mr. Bradshaw: It is estimated that London currently deals with approximately 60 per cent. of all its waste within its own administrative boundaries.


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The Mayor has set a target for London to manage 85 per cent. of its total waste within its administrative boundaries by 2020 (80 per cent. for municipal solid waste).

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of London's waste authorities did not meet their statutory household waste recycling targets in 2005-06; and what measures within the Government's policy statement “The Greater London Authority: The Government's final proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and the Assembly” are designed to improve the level of performance. [93720]

Mr. Bradshaw: Data on local authority household waste recycling and composting performance in 2005-06 should be available later this year.

Analysis based on un-audited data estimates that, in 2005-06, local authorities in England recycled and composted about 27 per cent. of household waste, thus provisionally exceeding our public service agreement target of 25 per cent.

The London-wide waste and recycling forum, which was announced in “The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly”, will bring together key interested parties, including London waste authorities, to improve waste minimisation and recycling. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as transport and climate change.

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the package of measures for waste management set out in the Government’s Policy Statement “The Greater London Authority: The Government’s final proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and the Assembly” are intended (a) to increase London’s recycling and recovering capacity for its municipal waste and (b) to ensure the most effective use of London’s blue ribbon network to transport waste within London. [93721]

Mr. Bradshaw: The London-wide waste and recycling forum, announced in “The Government’s Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly”, will bring together key interested parties, including London waste authorities, to improve waste minimisation and recycling, promote collaborative action and link waste with other London priorities around climate change, transport and employment.

In addition, there will be a dedicated London element to the waste infrastructure development programme (WIDP), announced in May 2006, providing a strong role for the Mayor in working with local authorities to accelerate the building of new waste diversion infrastructure, allowing London to manage more of its waste within the city.

The Mayor has also gained increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. In his waste strategy, the Mayor sets out a
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number of policies and proposals relating to the transportation of waste, including the use of rivers and canals, which form part of the blue ribbon network. The enhancement of his powers to require waste authorities to deliver services in general conformity with his strategy, along with his existing power of direction, will help ensure the strategic vision the Mayor sets out for London is delivered on the ground.

Further information is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s website at http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1500896

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the Government plan to complete and publish its major review of waste strategy; [91633]

(2) when his Department will publish the findings of the waste strategy review; [92051]

(3) when the waste strategy review will be published. [92660]

Mr. Bradshaw: On 2 August this year, Defra published a summary of the responses to the consultation on the review of England's waste strategy. The summary can be viewed at the following website address: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/wastestratreview/index.htm

We are carefully considering all responses to the consultation while developing our policies for the revised strategy. We intend to publish the revised waste strategy for England in the new year.

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to support new waste technologies in London. [92964]

Mr. Bradshaw: The new technologies workstream of Defra's waste implementation programme focuses on the biodegradable element of municipal waste in England. It aims to overcome the barriers to the successful development and take-up of proven and near-market waste technologies by providing a comprehensive package of support to local authorities and other interested parties. This is being done through the following programmes:

The waste and recycling forum was announced on 13 July as part of the package of measures which provides the Mayor with increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste
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management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. It will be led by the Mayor to co-ordinate activity across different sectors and address the key strategic issues facing London. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as transport and climate change. This is likely to include looking at the role of renewable energy and new technologies in treating London's waste.

Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the co-ordination of the management of (a) municipal and (b) other waste streams in London; and if he will make a statement. [92966]

Mr. Bradshaw: On 13 July this year, the Government announced the outcome of their review of the powers and responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority. As part of this, the Government announced a package of measures which provides the Mayor with increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. The enhancement of his powers to require waste authorities to deliver services in general conformity with his strategy, along with his existing power of direction, will help ensure the strategic vision the Mayor sets out for London is delivered on the ground.

As part of the proposals, the Mayor will lead a London-wide waste and recycling forum to co-ordinate activity across different sectors and address the key strategic issues facing London. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as economic development, transport and climate change. Other improvements, such as providing stronger powers for the Mayor to determine strategic waste planning applications and the London component of the waste infrastructure development programme, will also help establish facilities and infrastructure necessary to co-ordinate the management of municipal and other waste streams within London.

The Mayor is producing a wider waste strategy for London that will be looking at non-municipal waste streams and I look forward to seeing this when it is released for consultation.


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