HC Deb 26 March 2004 vol 419 c1106W
Norman Baker

: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will end the statutory monopoly of the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Body to issue certificates of technical competence. [162441]

Mr. Morley

: The Department is currently reviewing the permitting of waste recovery and disposal activities. Informal consultation with stakeholders has shown strong support for continuing to require applicants for permits to demonstrate technical competence, which is a feature of the current waste management licensing system. However, there was also a view that other ways of demonstrating technical competence should be introduced in addition to certificates of technical competence issued by the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board. We are considering how to deliver this as part of a new permitting regime and expect to formally consult on proposals in due course.