HC Deb 04 November 1997 vol 300 c147W
Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will review the guidelines for controlling the tipping of paper pulp waste from paper manufacture on farmland, upland and moors. [13691]

Angela Eagle

The previous Government's response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's Nineteenth Report on the Sustainable Use of Soil—C0428, January 1997—stated in paragraph 28 that the Water Research Centre and ADAS had been commissioned to develop further the criteria that determine in what circumstances the spreading on land of particular wastes benefit agriculture or result in ecological improvement; and that it would issue for public consultation good practice guidance reflecting the outcome of that research.

The Government plans to fulfil these commitments on receipt from the Environment Agency of the results of the research project. The original research project has been extended by the Environment Agency and is now expected to be completed by the end of March 1998.