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Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Government’s review of the cost of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Inspection; if he will waive Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control charges until the Government have completed its review; and if he will make a statement. (117582)

My noble friend the Lord Rooker recently met representatives of the intensive livestock rearing industry to discuss permit charges and, in particular, how annual charges might be reduced through streamlined approaches to inspection. The Environment Agency (EA) and the National Farmers’ Union are currently considering options including what greater use might be made of assurance scheme visits.

The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 require permit applications to be accompanied by the prescribed fee. The EA must seek to recover its full costs in accordance with HM Treasury guidance. The EA will review the costs when the majority of the applications has been assessed and the full extent of the work is known.