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Surveillance: Waste Management

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many waste collection authorities are authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to undertake surveillance in relation to waste offences. (204885)

Domestic waste collection is a responsibility of local authorities. There are 468 primary councils, excluding parish and community councils, which are able to authorise directed surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime or of preventing disorder in the carrying out of their responsibilities.