§ Mr. Bates
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, when the process guidance notes for the waste disposal and recycling sector processes prescribed under part 1 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 will be available.
§ Mr. Maclean
I am pleased to report that chief inspector's guidance to inspectors are expected to be published on 27 May for 1 I processes in the waste disposal and recycling sector. These notes have been drawn up following completion or research reviews; and relevant industries and other bodies have been given the opportunity to put forward their comments. The notes will provide a sound framework within which inspectors can assess applications for the authorisation of new processes and existing processes. They represent a further stage in the introduction of integrated pollution control.
A set of the notes will be placed in the Library as soon as they are published.
The preparation of guidance notes for the remaining processes to come under control is well advanced. Further notes will be published in the next few months.