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Table 3: Incineration throughput in England, 2006 and 2007
Thousand tonnes

2006 2007

Municipal

3,282

3,267

Sewage Sludge

196

191

Hazardous

134

133

Animal By-Product

803

799

Animal Carcass

23

19

Clinical

108

118

Co-Incineration of Hazardous Waste

211

273

Co-Incineration of Non Hazardous Waste

90

336

Total

4,848

5,136

Source:
Environment Agency.

Table 4: Waste recycled/composted in England, 1998-99 to 2006

Waste recycled/composted (Million tonnes) Proportion of estimated total waste (Percentage)

1998-99

52.2

21

2002-03

80.9

30

2004

96.8

35

2006

112.1

42

Notes:
Recycling is defined as the reprocessing in a production process of the waste materials for the original purpose, or for other purposes including organic recycling, but excluding energy recovery. This includes composting and household recycling.
Sources:
1. Estimated from returns made by licensed waste operators to the Environment Agency survey of exempt sites in 2006.
2. National Packaging Waste Database estimates derived from the National Waste Production Survey 2002-03, Surveys of Alternatives to Primary Aggregates, Water UK.

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance has been given to local authorities by his Department on the development of joint municipal waste management strategies; and if he will place in the Library copies of such guidance. [232582]

Jane Kennedy: Guidance on the duty for local authorities in two-tier areas to produce joint municipal waste management strategies is publicly available on DEFRA’s website.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the future of the zero waste place project. [233874]

Jane Kennedy: The monitoring period for the zero waste projects will run until May 2009, at which point DEFRA will publish a report detailing the experiences of the six zero waste places. This will serve to highlight best practice in sustainable waste management and help to support local authorities to reduce the environmental impact of waste. We will consider further action in the light of this evaluation.

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the economic downturn on the domestic and international markets for waste; and if he will make a statement. [231668]

Jane Kennedy: On 23 October, the DEFRA funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) hosted a special forum on international markets for recovered paper and plastics entitled “Recovered Materials: Navigating the Global Economic Slowdown”.

The papers discussed at this event are available on WRAP’s website.


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The conclusion drawn was that while domestic demand for waste recyclates might be flat, there will still be a demand for waste material for recycling in overseas markets. However, prices are expected to be volatile in the short term, though they are likely to stabilise over time.

Water

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of water per day were used on average by domestic water users in each year from 1995 to 2006. [234491]

Jane Kennedy: Per capita consumption figures for England and Wales are reported annually in Ofwat's Security of Supply reports. Average domestic water use per person for 1995 to 2006 was recorded by Ofwat as follows:

Litres/head/day

1995-96

152

1996-97

148

1997-98

149

1998-99

146

1999-2000

149

2000-01

149

2001-02

150

2002-03

150

2003-04

154

2004-05

150

2005-06

151

2006-07

148


Water Supply

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on rural areas of the implementation of the Private Water Suppliers (England) Regulations 2008 to (a) households and (b) businesses; and if he will make a statement. [234046]

Jane Kennedy: Private water suppliers are predominantly located in rural areas and the impact on both households and businesses is set out in the impact assessment which was published in August as part of the consultation on the new regulations. No new monitoring requirements are proposed to the majority of private water supplies (approximately 60 per cent.) that are for domestic use within single private premises.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to ensure that the implementation of the Private Water Suppliers (England) Regulations 2008 and his proposed amendment to them apply uniformly to rural and urban areas. [234047]

Jane Kennedy: The proposed regulations will apply uniformly to rural and urban areas across England, however private supplies are predominantly located in rural areas. An impact assessment was published in August as part of the consultation on the new regulations.


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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responses he has received to his recent consultation on the Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2008. [234048]

Jane Kennedy: To date 100, representations to the consultation have been received. DEFRA will consider the responses and publish the Government response by spring 2009.

Women and Equality

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Mrs. May: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what percentage of employees in the Government Equalities Office are (a) on a flexible working contract, (b) on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours a week. [233823]

Maria Eagle: All employees in the Government Equalities Office (GEO) have the opportunity to work flexibly. Some 3.3 per cent. of GEO employees are on a job share employment contract and we offer all employees the opportunity to work from home on a regular basis subject to line management approval.

Civil Servants: Fast Stream

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many civil servants in the Government Equalities Office were recruited through the fast stream; and what the average salary of those officials is. [229190]

Maria Eagle: The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007 and currently has six members of staff who were recruited to the GEO through the fast stream. The average monthly salaries are shown as follows:

Average monthly salary (£)

Officer 1

2,453

Officer 2

2,626

Officer 3

2,801

Officer 4

3,278

Officer 5

3,309

Officer 6

3,397


Media Monitoring

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which organisations provided media monitoring services to (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) its associated non-departmental public bodies since its creation; and what the cost of each contract was. [230038]

Maria Eagle: The Government Equalities Office employs EDS Media at a cost of approximately £1,500 per month although this can vary according to the number of relevant media articles. EDS Media have also provided the Equality and Human Rights Commission with monitoring services since its establishment in October 2007. To date, the Commission have spent a combined total of £97,491.21 on the monitoring services. The Women's National Commission (WNC) does not pay for any media monitoring services.


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Departmental Training

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government Equalities Office spent on external training courses for departmental staff in each year since its inception; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year. [230492]

Maria Eagle: Since its establishment on 12 October 2007 the Government Equalities Office have used the following external organisations and made the following payments for the provision of staff training

External training organisation Course title Total cost (£)

2007-08

Alpha Training

Drafting Ministerial Correspondence

2,088

Appearing Before Select Committee

Effective Time Management

National School of Government

Assertiveness At Work

19,450.00

Employment Law

Appearing Before Select Committee

EU Workshop

Prince2 Conversion Practitioners Exams

Bill Team Seminar

Leaders Unlimited Development Programme

Department for Work and Pensions

Leadership Development Programme

576

Total cost

22,114

2008-09

Centre for Parliamentary Studies

Writing a Strategy

564

CIPD Enterprises

Employment Law Workshop

576

Dods Parliamentary Comms

A-Z of Policy

564

Govnet Communications

Strategic Thinking

495

Hemsley Fraser Learning and Development

The Newly Appointed Manager

892

Learning Laboratory Ltd.

Executive Course

1,410

National School of Government

Stakeholder Engagement

910

Total cost to date

5,410

Total cost of GEO training

27,524


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