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By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley ...
By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley

Waste authorities for a two-tier area must, within 18 months of the new legislation being on the Statute Book, have a joint strategy for the management of all waste collection and disposal - and ensure consultation and publicity for their policies.

This follows a series of government amendments to the Waste and Emissions Trading Bill, which completed its report and third reading stages in the commons.

Environment minister Elliot Morley said the DEFRA secretary of state would have power to exempt through regulation an authority whose performance was satisfactory under the comprehensive performance assessment and those whose performance on waste was satisfactory in meeting defined targets.

Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, said the joint strategy was right in concept, but the whip hand was given to disposal authorities, who could issue a direction. He was among MPs who said the Bill could give an impetus to the building of more incinerators - a claim denied by Mr Morley, who said it was for local authorities to decide what collection and disposal arrangements were appropriate for their area.

Hansard 28 Oct 2003: Column 179 - 275

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