§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment. Food and Rural Affairs how many in vessel composting sites are licensed in the UK. 
§ Mr. Meacher
In vessel composting is not at present a term that is defined in statute and so records do not separately identify whether composting sites could or could not be termed as in vessel operations. Environment Agency records indicate that there are 68 licensed composting sites and some 630 smaller sites registered as exempt.