§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the proposed EU directive on the incineration of waste; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Meale
An Explanatory Memorandum (EM12791/98) on the proposal for a Council Directive on the incineration of waste was submitted to Parliament on 30 November 1998. Expert consultants are currently finalising a report on the proposal, on the basis of which a Regulatory and Environmental Impact Assessment will shortly be submitted to Parliament under a Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum.