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Waste Management: London

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the current position regarding the implementation of the London Waste and Recycling Fund; and [HL308]

Further to the comments by Lord Rooker on 26 June (Official Report cols. 507-9) on the London Waste and Recycling Fund, whether they are still in support of its implementation; and [HL309]

Whether they have made any progress in discussions with the Mayor of London on his contribution to the London Waste and Recycling Fund, which is currently being withheld. [HL310]

The Government intend to set up the London Waste and Recycling Board as soon as possible to ensure that the fund can be disbursed in 2008-09 in a strategic way and for the objectives, set out in the Greater London Authority Act 2007, to be met.

The details of the constitution and administration of the board are currently being considered and discussed, including with London councils. It is disappointing that the Mayor has announced his intention not to sit on the board or contribute to the fund. However, the Government will continue to seek ways of working together to ensure that the efforts of the board and the Mayor to improve waste infrastructure in London are mutually reinforcing.