|Table 3: Incineration throughput in England, 2006 and 2007
|Table 4: Waste recycled/composted in England, 1998-99 to 2006
|Waste recycled/composted (Million tonnes)
|Proportion of estimated total waste (Percentage)
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.
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. 
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. 
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 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.
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. 
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:
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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 (£)
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. 
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.
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. 
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
|Total cost (£)