§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment who represented his Department at the Plan for Profit conference on waste management in London on 20 September; what was the cost of attendance; and what assessment he has made of the benefits accrued to his Department from the participation of departmental personnel.
§ Mr. Atkins
The Department's directorate of pollution control and wastes was represented at this annual conference organised by the National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors by the head of directorate, the head of wastes technical division and two other officers, as guests of the association. Representation was at a level consistent with the need to maintain the Department's working relationship with the industry and to keep abreast of issues of concern to the industry following the introduction of the new licensing regime earlier this year.