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London Mayor and Assembly

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all integrated waste collection and street cleansing contracts let by waste authorities in London will be subject to the requirement to be in general conformity with the Mayor’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy under his proposals set out in The Greater London Authority: The Government’s Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly. (100997)

[holding answer 22 November 2006]: When entering into integrated waste collection and street cleansing contracts, waste authorities should be aware that those aspects of the contract which fall under Part II (for example, section 45 on the collection, disposal or treatment of controlled waste) will be subject to the requirement for waste authorities to be in general conformity with the Mayor’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy. Those aspects of the contract that fall under Part IV of the Act (for example section 89 on street cleansing) will not be subject to this requirement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory powers the Mayor of London will have under the proposals set out in The Greater London Authority: The Government’s Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly to ensure the objectives of the London Waste Infrastructure Development Programme are achieved. (100999)

[holding answer 22 November 2006]: The package of measures announced in “The Government’s Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly” proposes that the Mayor should have discretion to decide those planning applications for waste facilities which are strategically important and critical to implementing his waste strategy. The Government also proposes that waste authorities will be required to deliver functions under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) in “general conformity” with Mayor’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

The Government also proposes to establish a dedicated London Waste Infrastructure Development Programme to get new waste facilities on the ground. This will be led by DEFRA with strong Greater London Authority involvement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions between his waste strategy team officials and his (a) climate change team, (b) transport team, (c) energy team and (d) procurement team took place prior to the announcement in July on the Greater London Authority: The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor and Assembly. (101117)

[holding answer 21 November 2006]: A number of discussions took place between relevant officials in this Department, and with those from the Government Office for London and Department for Communities and Local Government, prior to the announcement in July on ‘The Greater London Authority: The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers and Responsibilities for the Mayor

and Assembly’.