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Invasive Weeds

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what duties are placed on local authorities to assist with the safe disposal of invasive weeds; who is responsible for monitoring this process to ensure that all waste is safely disposed of to ensure that rhizomes cannot spread; and whether she plans to issue further guidance and assistance to local authorities to ensure these criteria are met. [117800]

Local authorities' responsibilities for the collection and disposal of waste are set out in sections 45, 48 and 51 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. These responsibilities relate to local authorities' functions as waste collection and waste disposal authorities.Section 34 of the 1990 Act imposes a duty of care on everyone with responsibility for waste—including waste collection and disposal authorities. It requires everyone subject to the duty to take all reasonable measures to prevent the escape of waste from their control and to ensure that it is disposed of by someone who is authorised to do so. My right hon. Friend the Secretary

(1 October to 30 September)OrderNumber of prosecutions
2001–02Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199753
2000–01Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199729
1999–2000Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199754
1998–99Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199782
1997–98Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199445
1996–97Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199465
1995–96Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199491
1994–95Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199495
1993–94Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199246
1992–93Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 199211
1991–92Transit of Animals (General) Order 197318
Transit of Animals (Road and Rail) Order 1975 (as amended)189
Welfare of Poultry (Transport) Order 1988 (as amended)5
1990–91Transit of Animals (General) Order 197318
Transit of Animals (Road and Rail) Order 1975 (as amended)1121
Welfare of Poultry (Transport) Order 1988 (as amended)7
1989–90Transit of Animals (General) Order 197361
Transit of Animals (Road and Rail) Order 1975 (as amended)156
Welfare of Poultry (Transport) Order 1988 (as amended)3
1988–89Transit of Animals (General) Order 19736
Transit of Animals (Road and Rail) Order 1975 (as amended)157
Welfare of Poultry (Transport) Order 1988 (as amended)4
1987–88Transit of Animals (General) Order 197312
Transit of Animals (Road and Rail) Order 1975 (as amended)162
1 This figure includes prosecutions which do not relate to the welfare of animals. Separate figures for the welfare of animals are not available.


Prior to 1987–88 information on prosecution returns was not kept.

Prosecution figures are not kept by type and country of origin of the vehicle.

Information on convictions is not held centrally.