Answers issued to Members on 11 June 2009
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Kirsty Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire): What action is the Minister taking to support initiatives seeking to reuse domestic appliances? (WAQ54295)
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing (Jane Davidson): The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to minimise the impact on the environment of electrical and electronic equipment by encouraging its reuse, recycling and recovery when it is discarded.
I have announced an additional £90m over three years to increase sustainable waste management including reuse. The Sustainable Waste Management Grant (SWMG) to local authorities has increased by £9m this year (2009/10) to £59m. This extra funding can be used to build facilities such as civic amenity sites which are used to collect domestic appliances.
A number of organisations in the community sector are involved in the collection and reuse of domestic appliances. Last year I announced the creation of the Cylch Capacity Building Investment Programme, which will provide £3m to support groups working in reuse in recycling.
Waste Awareness Wales (WAW), which is funded by the Assembly Government, will be conducting a national press and broadcast feature looking at the lifecycle of electrical goods in June 2009. This campaign will tie in with the digital switchover and will aim to raise awareness of the ability to repair and/or reuse WEEE items. It will also provide information about recycling of WEEE. In addition, the promotion of reusing WEEE will be part of a more strategic campaign to be delivered by WAW in the future.
Kirsty Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire): How many cases there were of (a) mumps, (b) whooping cough, (c) typhoid, (d) scarlet fever, (e) cholera, (f) diphtheria, (g) leprosy, (h) botulism, (i) listeria, (j) tuberculosis, (k) polio and (l) typhus in each Local Health Board in each of the last five years? (WAQ54318)
The Minister for Health and Social Services (Edwina Hart): Information on the incidence of these communicable diseases is in the public domain on the main reporting page on the Health Protection Agency’s website at:
http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&Page&HPAwebAutoListName/Page/1191942172956?p=1191942172956. The weekly report breaks down notifications of included diseases by Local Health Board area. Some diseases, including leprosy and polio, are covered on separate pages of the site.