To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike) of 6 July, Official Report, column 80, if he will make a statement on the matters discussed and decisions taken in the meetings with the organisation with an interest in waste management licensing to which he refers.
I held meetings with interested parties to enable them to express to me their concerns arising from the delay in implementing waste management licensing; and to discuss the problems that need to be solved before we can implement the licensing system. No decisions were to be expected in such meetings, and none was taken. I repeated my assurance that as soon as I am in a position to give a revised date for waste management licensing, I shall do so.