§ Brian White
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further statutory responsibilities for collection and disposal will be placed upon local authorities as part of the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. 
§ Mr. Morley
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive does not place direct responsibilities on local authorities for the collection and disposal of WEEE, but on producers and distributors. The Government are preparing the UK implementation of the Directive and are discussing with local authorities how best to involve them in maximising use of the existing waste collection infrastructure. Options for implementation will be presented in the next round of consultation, due to be published in the late autumn.