Clause 43 - Clean-up costs

Part of Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley 10:30 am, 25th January 2005

I want to get this absolutely right, because the last thing we want is to say that this will all be tested in court. That, too, would be a huge cost for farmers, and they do not want to go down that route. Will the Minister give a categorical assurance that if   the farmer is not responsible for the waste that has been dumped on his land, no clean-up costs will be imposed on him under the Bill?