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Written Answers — Education and Skills: Learndirect (24 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total costs of promotion of the learndirect scheme have been since the scheme's inception.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Learndirect (24 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have completed learndirect courses.

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 103 — Sections 101 And 102: Supplementary (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: This is an interesting and important Bill, but in some ways we are disappointed because we could have done more to deal with a lot of the issues. The Bill does not go far enough. Nevertheless, stronger fines and longer sentences for those who pollute and measures to seize vehicles that are used to pollute are all absolutely essential. We need not only to fine fly-tippers at a level that would...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 103 — Sections 101 And 102: Supplementary (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I am interested in the hon. Lady's intervention, especially if she wants to discuss our entire policy manifesto, but we are debating a Government Bill. We have not listed all their Bills in our manifesto because we are the Liberal Democrats. I am sure that the Conservatives have taken it on themselves to support the occasional Bill and that that has not appeared in their manifesto. She will...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I think that we are both of one mind on the need to recycle plastics. The fact remains that, if more were done to stimulate the market for plastic recycling in this country, it would not be necessary for materials to go over to China. I looked into the problem and I am concerned about boats coming over full and going back to China, so—

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that useful intervention. I get the feeling that even with plastics, with which we know we are having problems, there is much more that we can do. In my local authority—I am not making a party political point; this is doubtless true of many other authorities—two major supermarkets, Tesco and Sainsbury's, have plastic "bring points". One might assume...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The hon. Lady mentioned two figures relating to recycling in Cambridge. I cannot comment on the second, because I have not looked into it, but I understand in respect of the first figure that it had nothing to do with the change of council administration and a sloppy attitude, but reflected a change in the way waste was counted. It would not have mattered which council took over from the...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I appreciate the hon. Lady's comments and I believe that we are of one mind on the issue. She will be pleased to hear that what she suggests will, subject to a full environmental impact assessment, become Liberal Democrat policy.

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: That is an important point, and I thank my hon. Friend for raising the issue. While we work with councils, consider recycling and alternative ways of disposing of waste and meet targets to reduce landfill, if we do not reduce the amount of waste that we produce, no matter how much we divert waste from one place to another, we will ultimately fail to meet those targets. We therefore have some...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I am very disappointed by that intervention. Combined heat and power does not need to be fed by incineration. A range of fuels can be used, and it is not necessary to burn waste to produce energy. Under a Conservative council, Guildford has not taken opportunities to make the maximum energy saving—but the debate is about waste, not energy. We must ensure that contracts requiring...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: We are talking about the incineration of waste, not about combined heat and power. We are not discussing the use of wood chippings, sugar beet or anything else to produce heat. Combined heat and power presents a good many opportunities, but I do not understand what part they play in a debate on a Bill dealing with waste. What concerns me is that after only two years the Surrey county council...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I understand that waste is measured by weight rather than volume. We have debated the issue for a long time, and I am sure the hon. Lady will know of the problems with disposal of plastics, which are bulky but light. Fewer than 0.1 per cent. of batteries are sent for appropriate disposal—recycling—and we still have a problem with batteries in domestic waste. Most authorities cannot make...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 15 — Waste Minimisation (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: The purpose of tabling these new clauses and amendments is to consider the problem of waste disposal. New clause 15 considers waste minimisation. It would be wrong not to give the Government credit for the work of the waste and resources action programme, which is working hard on waste minimisation. We know that the waste strategy 2000 identifies both eco-design and redesign as ways to reduce...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 2 — Duty to keep land and highways clear of litter (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: This is a tough problem. I am sure that all hon. Members are aware that stains left by chewing gum are present wherever we go. In some buildings, beautifully designed paveways have been ruined by chewing gum stains, which are a menace. Conservative new clause 10 is similar to some of the amendments that we discussed in Committee, so we know that more must be done and that more consultation is...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 2 — Duty to keep land and highways clear of litter (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: It is a complex issue. We need carrots and sticks to ensure that people do not constantly have to pay this money. London Liberal Democrats have suggested the introduction of a penny-a-pack levy on manufacturers, and I understand that Westminster council—we heard in Committee how much money it has spent—agrees with that.

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 2 — Duty to keep land and highways clear of litter (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: On the whole, I agree with the right hon. Gentleman. However, life is full of unintended consequences, and only after products are marketed do we find that people have developed a particular behaviour in respect of them. In fairness, I do not believe that chewing gum manufacturers ever imagined that their product would be sold to people who throw it down in the street and walk away from it,...

Orders of the Day — Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: New Clause 2 — Duty to keep land and highways clear of litter (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: My hon. Friend makes a strong point that bears out my remarks. The consultation cannot be allowed to be a soft option. We should consider alternatives such as the penny-a-pack levy to be fed back to those who have to clean up this mess. Tough action is required. I hope that this will not be a lightweight consultation, because it cannot be allowed to be a soft option. I look forward to hearing...

Written Answers — Health: NHS Finance (21 Feb 2005)

Ms Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure per weighted head of population was in (a) the Guildford and Waverley primary care trust area and (b) the Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority area in each year since 1992; and what the expenditure per weighted head of population was in England in each year since 1997.


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