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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 696W, on pollution, whether the costs to local authorities under the landfill tax escalator and Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme are (a) passed on to the polluter and (b) compensated by central government under the new burden principles. (252500)

I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister for Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey) on 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 696W.