To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the package of measures for waste management set out in the Government's Policy Statement "The Greater London Authority: The Government's final proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the Mayor and the Assembly" are intended (a) to increase London's recycling and recovering capacity for its municipal waste and (b) to ensure the most effective use of London's blue ribbon network to transport waste within London.
The London-wide waste and recycling forum, announced in "The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly", will bring together key interested parties, including London waste authorities, to improve waste minimisation and recycling, promote collaborative action and link waste with other London priorities around climate change, transport and employment.
In addition, there will be a dedicated London element to the waste infrastructure development programme (WIDP), announced in May 2006, providing a strong role for the Mayor in working with local authorities to accelerate the building of new waste diversion infrastructure, allowing London to manage more of its waste within the city.
The Mayor has also gained increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. In his waste strategy, the Mayor sets out a number of policies and proposals relating to the transportation of waste, including the use of rivers and canals, which form part of the blue ribbon network. The enhancement of his powers to require waste authorities to deliver services in general conformity with his strategy, along with his existing power of direction, will help ensure the strategic vision the Mayor sets out for London is delivered on the ground.
Further information is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government's website at http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1500896