HC Deb 02 May 2001 vol 367 cc630-1W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the deliveries of(a) incinerator ash, (b) mixed waste containing organics and (c) compost to (i) Burnside Farm at Heddon-on-the-Wall and (ii) other farms by (1) Newcastle Council's Waste Department, (2) City Works and (3) Associated Waste Services from (A) domestic, (B) commercial and (C) institutional premises; and what tests have been carried out on animal feed for dioxin, furan and PCB content. [155313]

Mr. Meacher

[holding answer 26 April 2001]: Section 34 of the Environment Protection Act 1990 imposes a duty of care on waste producers and others who have control of waste. The parties to the transfer of waste are required to keep records but information on waste transfers is not held centrally. Duty of care records can, of course, be sought locally through the Environment Agency's serving a notice on the parties concerned.

The Environment Agency advises that it has not carried out tests on animal feed and holds no information on any such tests carried out by others. In my reply of 30 March 2001, Official Report, column 818W, I have separately provided the hon. Member with a list of the sites which have received ash from the Byker Reclamation Plant—including farms.

£ million
1997–981 1998–991 1999–20001 2000–011 2001–021
General Fund revenue account
Total revenue expenditure4 484 522 563 575 632
Central Government support
General grants
Revenue support grant 263 285 297 298 312
National non-domestic rates 103 107 114 128 124
Ring fenced grants5 18 20 20 29 71
Total central Government support5 384 412 431 455 507
Housing revenue account (HRA)
Total revenue expenditure4 182 182 171 160 183
Central Government support
HRA subsidy6 101 94 91 85 98
Capital account
Total capital expenditure4 57 73 76 146 8
Central Government support
Capital grants7 19 24 24 46 8
Credit approvals 18 28 31 39 8
1 Outturn
2 Estimated outturn
3 Proposed
4Total expenditure is from all sources including central Government support and local sources such as Council Tax.
5 Revenue account expenditure and central Government support figures are net of grants/loans outside aggregate exchequer finance (AEF) which flow through local authorities (eg rent allowances and rebates and mandatory student awards.) The revenue expenditure totals exclude capital expenditure financed from the revenue account (CERA).
6 From 2001–02 housing subsidy includes the major repairs allowance (MRA) (£16 million in 2001–02). This is paid through the HRA but is intended to finance capital expenditure. Capital expenditure financed from the HRA (including from the MRA) has been excluded from total housing revenue expenditure.
7 Including capital grants from non-departmental public bodies and the national lottery.
8 Not yet available from a comparable source (i.e. local authority)