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Toxic Waste Imports

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide details of the quantity of toxic waste imported into the United Kingdom.

The latest figure for imports of hazardous waste into the United Kingdom under the Transfrontier Shipment of Hazardous Waste Regulations for the calender year 1989, is 41,554 tonnes. This figure is an update of the one given in the written answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, North-West (Mr. Bellingham) on 21 March 1990, Official Report columns 684–85, taking into account additional notifications received from disposers.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the Government's estimates of toxic waste imports to the United Kingdom in each of the next five years.

The Government make no estimate of future imports of hazardous waste into the United Kingdom. However, it is expected that imports from other EC member states will reduce in future years following the Council of Environment Ministers' decision in Luxembourg on 7 June 1990 that member states must aim to be self-sufficient in waste disposal.