asked Her Majesty's Government:
On how much of the motorway and trunk road network of England the Highways Agency has sub-contracted responsibility for litter collection to local authorities; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that adequate standards of cleanliness are maintained on those sub-contracted sections; and [HL3087]
Whether the current arrangements for litter clearance along the motorway and trunk road network in England is satisfactory. [HL3088]
The Highways Agency (HA) does not subcontract to local authorities any cleansing on roads under its jurisdiction. The HA has a duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to clear litter and refuse from the strategic road network, which includes all motorways and some A-roads and trunk roads. The cleansing duty on other roads is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. To ensure satisfactory standards, cleansing is undertaken in accordance with the Code of Practice for Litter and Refuse. A map of the roads under HA jurisdiction is available on its website.
Data from the Local Environmental Quality Survey of England 2005-06 show that there has been a steady improvement in cleansing performance over the past three years. However, the survey indicated a rise in levels of detritus on rural roads and other highways.