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Contaminated Land

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what are the principal purposes of the Contaminated Land: Application in Real Environments scheme; how much public funding the scheme will receive in 2006-07; when its current grant expires; and by what process future public funding levels will be determined; (86426)

(2) what is the commercial remit of the Contaminated Land: Application in Real Environments programme; and what its principal commercial activities are.

I have been asked to reply.

Contaminated Land: Application in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) is an independent registered charity, which organises and independently reviews demonstration projects on the remediation of contaminated land and disseminates the results in line with its charitable objectives. Details are provided in CL:AIRE’s annual accounts.

CL:AIRE’s board includes representatives from the private and public sectors. Some £465,000 of public funds from several sources has been agreed for this financial year, including £80,000 per year from DEFRA for this year and the next two years. Public funding is mainly for specific remedial projects, and also for dissemination of information and other activities. Funding organisations establish their individual requirements in discussions and formal arrangements with CL:AIRE, which has been encouraged to diversify its sources of income.