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Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which of its (a) best value inspection reports, (b) audit letters, (c) comprehensive performance assessment reports and (d) comprehensive area assessment reports the Audit Commission has recommended a local authority to consider introducing alternate weekly collections of household rubbish. (324498)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 29 March 2010:

Your Parliamentary Question has been passed to me to reply.

Without reviewing over 2,000 documents, which would only be possible at disproportionate cost, the Audit Commission is aware of only two audit, inspection or assessment reports since 2004 which recommend that a local authority considers alternate weekly collections of household rubbish.

These are:

Waste Management inspection report for West Devon District Council (January 2005)

Waste Management inspection report for Cannock Chase District Council (September 2005)

Both reports are available on the Commission’s website

www.audit-commission.gov.uk

The Commission’s approach to this issue is the same as for other questions of public service delivery. It is for local authorities to decide how best to deliver their services. We expect them to consider all relevant options, to make their decision on the basis of accurate information and to be accountable for the cost and service outcomes achieved.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the email from the Audit Commission to Southampton City Council of 26 August 2004 on fortnightly rubbish collections and (b) the associated best value inspection report. (324499)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Gareth Davies, dated 29 March 2010:

Your Parliamentary Question was passed to the Chief Executive who has asked me to reply in his absence.

A copy of the Audit Commission's best value inspection report on Southampton City Council's waste management service (published 2004) has been placed in the House of Commons Library. The email from the Audit Commission to Southampton City Council of 26 August 2004 has also been placed in the Library.

The inspection report can also be found on the Audit Commission's website at:

http://www.audit-commission.Gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/InspectionOutput/InspectionReports/2004/SouthamptonWasteMgt29Oct04REP.pdf

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2010, Official Report, columns 873-4W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Audit Commission's (a) waste management quick guide and (b) draft letter to local authorities on controlled waste regulations guidance. (324825)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to respond to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Gareth Davies, dated 29 March 2010:

Parliamentary Question: pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 9 February 2010, Official Report, columns 873-4W, on domestic waste: waste disposal, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Audit Commission's (a) waste management quick guide and (b) draft letter to local authorities on controlled waste regulations guidance.

Your Parliamentary Question was passed to the Chief Executive who has asked me to reply in his absence.

A copy of the Audit Commission's waste management quick guide has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Our response to PQ 1532 09/10, from the Honorary Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 9 February 2010, incorrectly stated that the draft letter to local authorities on controlled waste regulations guidance was an Audit Commission letter. This draft letter was a DEFRA document and should not have been included in our response to PQ 1532 09/10.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.