Waste Management

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of John Austin John Austin Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his specific proposals for waste management in London announced in July were one of the options in the original consultation document on new powers for the Greater London Authority; and if so, who supported them.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The Government announced, on 13 July, a package of measures on waste that will help London improve its performance without change to current structures.

A number of broad proposals on the future powers and responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA) were put forward in the public consultation carried out by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) between November 2005 and February 2006. These included an option where the current structure for waste management would remain the same. Consultees were also asked whether there were any additional powers that could be given to the GLA that would enable the current structure to work better.

A summary of consultation responses is available from the DCLG's website at http://www.communities. gov.uk/index.asp?id=1501733.

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