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Pollution Control

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what factors were taken into account in setting the fee levels for pollution prevention and control permits; what the cost of administering the permit scheme is; and if he will make a statement; (204214)

(2) what estimate he has made of the cost of a Pollution Prevention and Control permit in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

There are three categories of pollution prevention and control permits: IPPC permits issued by the Environment Agency, IPPC permits issued by local authorities, and air pollution control permits issued by local authorities.

DEFRA (for the latter two categories) and the Environment Agency consult annually on the level of fees and charges for the coming financial year. Those consultations cover the factors taken into account and regulatory costs.

Papers for this year’s DEFRA consultation, which closed on 4 January, are available on the DEFRA website. The Environment Agency consultation closed on 7 December, and the papers are available on the Environment Agency website.