§ Mr. Gorrie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to tighten the rules governing waste disposal in Scotland. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
Activities involving the disposal of waste are subject to control under the amended EC Framework Directive on waste. The waste management licensing system established under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994, as amended, are the main means by which the requirements of the Framework Directive have been transposed into national law. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, as regulator, enforces the Regulations.
The Government will review the current exemptions from licensing for waste recovery by landspreading in the light of research currently under way. The research is expected to be completed by the end of April.