§ Mr. Trimble
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount of industrial and commercial waste was sent to landfill in 2003, expressed as a percentage of the 1998 level. 
§ Angela Smith
The most recent survey figures available relate to the 2002 Survey "Industrial and Commercial Waste Production in Northern Ireland" commissioned by the Department of the Environment's Environment and Heritage Service. This survey reported that approximately 635,000 tonnes of industrial and commercial waste were generated, of which 40 per cent. (252,000 tonnes) went to landfill.
The 1998 survey "Development of a Waste Arisings Database for Northern Ireland—Pilot Survey and Database Design" initiated by EHS showed 700,000 tonnes of industrial and commercial waste were generated, of which 57 per cent. (399,000 tonnes) went to landfill.
The amount of such waste sent to landfill in 2003 was, therefore, 63 per cent. of the 199 figure, which equates to a reduction of some 37 per cent.
Copies of both documents have been placed in the Library.