§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current level of imported toxic waste that travels through Yorkshire and Humberside; what proportion remains within the three counties of Yorkshire; if he will list in each of the three counties of Yorkshire the number of toxic waste sites that accept imported toxic waste; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Statistics on imported waste are not collected centrally in a manner that allows the question to be answered exactly.
The figures available to Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution indicate that some 19,273 tonnes of waste were imported into the United Kingdom via ports in Humberside in the calendar year 1987. This waste was destined for disposal in Greater Manchester, west midlands, Essex and Gwent. All this waste was destined for either specialised treatment or incineration. Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution has no record of any waste disposal site in the three counties of Yorkshire which received imported toxic waste during that period.