§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has on the plans for the National Criminal Intelligence Service to investigate the extent of organised crime within the toxic waste industry in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
I have been asked to reply.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that organised crime has infiltrated the United Kingdom's toxic waste industry.
The National Criminal Intelligence Service is in touch with relevant agencies elsewhere in Europe and the United States and will continue to monitor the situation closely.