HC Deb 16 May 1994 vol 243 cc375-6W
Sir Cranley Onslow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to ensure that holders of waste disposal licences have been given adequate notice by local authorities of the timing and terms of the introduction of waste management licensing fees and charges under section 41 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Local authority Publicly owned (a) Privately owned (b) Reinstated (c) Repurchased (d)
Kingston upon Hull 880 9 4
Norwich 469 17 14
Wakefield 1,210 75 2 51

Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what remedies are available for owner-occupiers who discover that their homes are of a Winget type and cannot be sold on the housing market.

Sir George Young

To be eligible for assistance under part XVI of the Housing Act 1985, owners of Winget houses must have purchased from the public sector before 26 April 1984, or within 12 months after this date if they

Mr. Atkins

The charging scheme was the subject of consultation exercises in August and December 1992. The Department recommended in the December 1992 consultation paper that waste regulation authorities should inform all disposal licence holders of the proposed scheme and the manner in which charges would be set by reference to descriptions and amounts of waste. My hon. Friend announced on 29 November 1993,Official Report, column 380, our intention to implement on 1 May 1994, the waste management licensing provisions of part II of the 1990 Act. On 30 November 1993 the Department wrote to the local authority associations informing them of the basis on which the 1993–94 fees and charges in the December 1992 consultation paper would be uprated to 1994–95; levels; and providing an indication of the changes to the scheme being considered in the light of consultation.

The scheme made under section 41 of the 1990 Act was laid before the House on 24 March, Official Report, column 395, and came into force on 1 May 1994. Paragraph 3(13) of the scheme requires waste regulation authorities to serve a written notice on licence holders stating the date on which the subsistence charge will be due; the amount of the charge; the descriptions of activities, waste and amounts of waste by reference to which the charge has been calculated; and the method of payment. Paragraph 3(14) requires the notice to be served by 31 May; and paragraph 3(12) provides that the 1994–95 charge becomes due on 30 June 1994.

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