§ Mr. Cormack
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the disposal of clinical waste by landfill; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Moynihan
Properly controlled landfill is an environmentally acceptable disposal route for a restricted range of clinical waste such as soiled surgical dressings, properly packaged instruments, pharmaceutical and chemical waste. Detailed guidance to hospitals, disposal authorities and others concerned is contained in waste management paper 25.