§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of for Scotland if he will publish a list of the local authorities in Scotland which have contracted out to private enterprise the collection of (a) domestic refuse and (b) industrial refuse; and what steps he is taking to encourage more local authorities to adopt to this course of action.
§ Mr. Rifkind
I have no detailed information, although I know some Scottish authorities contract out the disposal but not the collection of domestic refuse. The 539W collection of industrial waste is largely dealt with by the private sector in Scotland. I have encouraged local authorities to consider the proposals in waste management paper No. 5.