§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications are being considered for hazardous waste landfill; and how many sites for hazardous waste landfill received planning approval in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Keith Hill
Information collected by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on planning applications relates to decisions taken and does not distinguish the waste stream going to landfill. In 2002–03, 335 planning applications relating to landfill were considered by waste planning authorities, of which 302 were approved. A breakdown of those decisions relating to landfill by type of application is in the table.
Nature of application Number Grunted Refused New site 73 57 16 Extension to area 12 11 1 Extension to life 47 45 2 Deepening or other within site 25 25 0 Increasing void for landfill 11 10 1 Ancillary operations 40 38 2 Variation of conditions 69 64 5 Sum of above1 227 250 27 Total 335 302 33
1Totals do not correspond to number of waste planning decisions because some were categorized as being of a dual nature and some were not specified as to nature of application.
Data provided to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister by waste planning authorities on CPS1/2 Returns.