Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposed power of the Secretary of State under the Climate Change Bill to (a) designate a specific area as a pilot for new household rubbish collection charges and (b) issue guidance on the administration of such a specific pilot, will require parliamentary approval by the procedure of affirmative resolution.

Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste)

Powers provided in the Climate Change Bill allow five local authorities to pilot incentives to encourage household waste minimisation and recycling.

Schedule 5, clause 54 of the proposed Climate Change Bill explains that an area will be designated as a pilot by designation order. It does not require parliamentary approval by affirmative resolution.

Schedule 2AA, paragraph 15 provides the Secretary of State with a power in primary legislation to issue guidance in respect of waste incentive schemes. The guidance does not require parliamentary approval by affirmative resolution. We intend to follow Cabinet Office guidance on full and proper consultation.

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