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Imported Waste

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legislation is in place on the importation of waste from another country. [99972]

The Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 1994 make provision for the supervision and control of shipments of waste within, into and out of the European Community.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much waste has been imported from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland by council area in each of the last three years; and what revenue was generated by each council area as a result. [99973]

The import of waste within, into and out of the European Community is governed by the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 1994. Under that legislation, district councils are the competent authorities for the purposes of recording the import of waste. My Department has no statutory responsibility in this area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that EU legislation regarding the importation of waste is complied with; and if he will list instances when this legislation has been breached in the last 12 months. [99974]

The movement of waste within, into and out of the European Community is governed by the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 1994. Under that legislation, District Councils are the competent authority for the purposes of recording the import and export of waste, and the provision of powers of enforcement are a matter for HM Custom and Excise. My Department has no statutory responsibility in this area.