§ The Countess of Mar
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many licences have been issued by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions for the disposal of all types of sheep dip. [HL324]
§ Lord Whitty
Under transitional arrangements in the Groundwater Regulations 1998, the Environment Agency is deemed to have given authorisation (where the disposal is substantially the same as an existing activity) for applications made between 1 January 1999 and the coming into force of the substantive provisions of the regulations on 1 April, until such applications are finally disposed of. There were 9,088 deemed authorisations to dispose of sheep dip, 1,087 of which had been determined as authorised by the Agency by 30 November, 90 per cent of which are expected to be determined by 31 March 2000 and the remainder as soon as possible thereafter. Since 1 April there have been a further 128 applications for sheep dip disposal authorisation resulting in an additional 10 authorisations being granted by the end of October.