New clause 5 - Strategies for incineration: England

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 10th April 2003.

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'.—(1) The Secretary of State must have a strategy for—

(a) Placing a moratorium on the building of new incinerators until a review is completed of the health and environmental impacts of incineration and other thermal treatments of waste.

(b) Reducing the amount of waste that is sent for incineration at existing sites.

(c) Extending the landfill tax to incorporate incineration.

(2) Before formulating policy for the purposes of subsection (1), the Secretary of State must—

(a) consult the Scottish Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales, the Department of the Environment, the Secretary of State for the Home Office, the Environment Agency and the Mayor of London,

(b) consult such bodies or persons appearing to him to be representative of the interests of local government as he considers appropriate,

(c) consult such bodies or persons appearing to him to be representative of the interests of industry as he considers appropriate, and

(d) carry out such public consultation as he considers appropriate.

(3) The Secretary of State must set out in a statement any policy formulated for the purposes of subsection (1).

(4) The Secretary of State must, as soon as a statement is prepared for the purposes of subsection (3), send a copy of it to—

(a) the Scottish Ministers,

(b) the National Assembly for Wales, and

(c) the Department of the Environment.'.