To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources he is making available for the dedicated London waste infrastructure development programme announced in July in "The Greater London Authority: The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly."
The waste infrastructure development programme (WIDP) was announced in May 2006 and will work nationally with local authorities and the regions to accelerate the building of new waste diversion infrastructure. The Mayor of London and the Government will work together closely on the London component of the programme.
The WIDP is not an additional allocation of funding to a region, but an opportunity to provide extra specialist support to London authorities. The purpose of the WIDP is to ensure that where major infrastructure is required, additional expertise will be targeted at key points in the planning and procurement process, including operational reviews, to help authorities deliver that infrastructure. This will be a welcome additional resource nationally, where specialist skills are often lacking in this sector, as identified in the recent Second Kelly Market Review. The WIDP will dedicate a senior and experienced member of its team to develop and expedite projects in London, with specialist support available from the national team when required.