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Landfill Tax

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many people are employed in the sustainable waste sector, working for business or environmental bodies supported partially or in full by funding from landfill tax credit scheme categories C and CC; [105754](2) how many

(a) people in long-term unemployment and (b) disabled people have been retrained by schemes funded under category C and CC of the landfill tax credit scheme. [105755]

The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme is not run by Defra and we do not hold the information

Cornish hedgs (per metre), (iv) maintaining agreed grazing policy (per hectare), (v)protection measures for flora (per hectare), (iv)protection measures for fauna (per hectare), (vii) repair of stiles and footpaths and (viii) other common agreed payments. [108729]

Details of payments for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and West Penwith Environmentally Sensitive Area Schemes are as follows:requested. The information may be obtained from ENTRUST. Details of ENTRUSTS Area Offices can be found on their website at www.entrust.orq.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to assist the continuation of the small and medium-sized environmental organisations, initiated by the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, that deliver sustainable waste innovations on a local level. [R] [105756]

Small and medium-sized environmental organisations which have received funding from or been created through Landfill Tax Credit Scheme funding should continue to receive funds for a further year if they meet the eligibility criteria published on 3 February and are compatible with State Aid requirements.Some of those organisations may benefit indirectly from the activities which will be funded from Defra's new sustainable waste delivery programme, announced in the Budget on 9 April, 2003. Others may need to secure new sources of funding)