§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 15 January 2002,Official Report, column 275W, on asbestos, what differentiations she has made between white and blue asbestos waste, including asbestos cement. 
§ Mr. Meacher
[holding answer 28 February 2002]: There are hazards associated with all types of asbestos waste. We do not, therefore, distinguish between white and blue asbestos and as I said in the answer I gave on 15 January, all types of asbestos waste have been classified as special waste in Great Britain since 1996 and in Northern Ireland since 1998.