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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in her Department; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) result was in each case. 
Mr. Morley: All overseas travel by officials in my Department is undertaken in accordance with the principles set in Chapter 8 of the Civil Service Management Code, and the detailed rules and guidance are set out in our Departmental staff handbook.
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the administrative and regulatory costs to the Environment Agency of designating (a) 55 per cent. and (b) 100 per cent. of England as a nitrate vulnerable zone. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 10 July 2002]: Following a detailed consideration of all the issues raised during the consultation process, the Government announced on 27 June that it intends to adopt the targeted approach, and designate 55 per cent. of England as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).
The Environment Agency is in the process of assessing the costs and resources required for administering and enforcing the new designations under the Nitrates Directive. Initial indications are that both options cost around £2 million each, excluding costs arising from staff training and resolving boundary disputes. This similarity between costs arises because even if the whole territory had been designated, the Agency would have adopted the same priority based approach to enforcement that it will be using in the newly designated areas.
Mr. Meacher: Imports of illegally logged timber can only be seized at import by HM Customs and Excise where the timber concerned is covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and can be identified as having been imported in breach of its requirements. The same is true of other Member States of the EU. Thus, even if producing countries establish independent verification of legal compliance with chain-of-custody tracking to ensure timber was
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legally or illegally logged, Customs cannot seize or reject imports of illegally logged timber unless they are covered by CITES. New EU-wide legislation is needed to empower customs authorities to prevent entry of illegally logged timber. The UK is working within the EU to identify what legislation is needed and how it can be introduced.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list published in February 2001 will come into force in the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Meacher: The UK will implement the European Waste Catalogue which now incorporates the Hazardous Waste List as part of its review of the Special Waste Regulations. A second round of consultation on the review will take place later this year and amended regulations are likely to come into force during 2003.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is for disposal of waste by landfill for each London borough in (a) the current year and (b) each of the last five years; and what her Department's prediction is for 200304. 
Mr. Meacher: Estimates on the disposal of waste by landfill are collected from London boroughs in the Department's annual Municipal Waste Management Survey. Four year's results from 199697 to 19992000 are set out in the table below. The latest data for 200001 will become available in August.
In view of local authority recycling and composting targets and the forthcoming Landfill Directive targets to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste to landfill, we would expect to see disposal to landfill by local authorities to begin to decline over the next few years.
|London Borough of Bexley||UA||66||37||37||42|
|Corporation of London||UA||59||64||68||70|
|London Borough of Tower Hamlets||UA||89||89||84||92|
|Westminster City Council||UA||91||91||117||107|
|London Borough of Greenwich||UA||15||23||23||47|
|London Borough of Lewisham||UA||3||3||3||6|
|London Borough of Southwark||UA||101||108||112||114|
|London Borough of Bromley||UA||144||153||150||169|
|London Borough of Croydon||UA||158||168||165||169|
|London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames||UA||71||69||64||70|
|London Borough of Merton||UA||91||94||96||99|
|London Borough of Sutton||UA||66||66||81||77|
|East London Waste Authority||WDA||382||404||432||459|
|North London Waste Authority||WDA||351||444||457||380|
|West London Waste Authority||WDA||704||704||711||759|
|Western Riverside Waste Authority||WDA||441||458||454||462|
WDAWaste Disposal Authority
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Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the available landfill waste disposal capacity for London boroughs; and if she plans to increase capacity. 
Mr. Meacher [holding answer 19 July 2002]: The availability of landfill capacity is a commercial matter for waste management companies. It is however recognised that suitable sites for landfill in the south-east of England are diminishing and planning authorities should take this into account. While the Government accepts that landfill has a part to play in waste disposal, it believes that the re-use, recycling and recovery of waste offers a much more sustainable future.
|Recycling Options||2001 est. (Kt)|
|Other grades e.g. tissue||Tbc|
Capacity and utilisation estimates for the UK. Sources: Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation (TIMCON), Wood Recyclers Assocation (WRA), Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) and The Composting Association (TCA).
|Recycling Options||2001 actual (Kt)||Est. capacity 2002 (Kt)|
|Panel board manufacturing||675||750|
|Other mechanical recycling||30||50|
The forecast capacities for 2002 are derived from current industry estimates that are based on prevailing economic circumstances and the availability of wood waste (predominantly packaging material) that is suitable for recycling. The actual infrastructure is capable of consuming more wood waste but its further uptake is constrained by economic and technical barriers.
Capacity and utilisation estimates for the UK. Source British Plastic Federation (BPF)Recycling Council (RC).
|Recycling stages||Capacity (Kt)||Utilisation (Kt)|
The utilisation level is subject to market conditions as virgin or other non recycled material can replace recycled material if it becomes cheap enough or availability of recycled drops off.
The figures are derived from a market study recently delivered to WRAP for which the analysis of results is incomplete. Therefore, the information should be treated as indicative only. More detailed estimates will be generated in due course.
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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form her Department has monitored and evaluated in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations. 
Mr. Morley: All consultations were available in both electronic and printed form. Each was monitored and evaluated against key criteria set out in the Code of Practice on Written Consultations and which formed part of our annual report to Cabinet Office. Information was gathered on the number of consultations undertaken, periods given for responses, how responses were analysed, the level of complaints received about the consultation process, whether written consultations were supplemented by additional public involvement and examples of consultations that had a direct influence on policy or service delivery.
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