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MPs slam Government over WRAP cuts

The Government came under fire by MPs who are outraged at the proposed Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) budget cuts.

In a Westminster Hall debate on waste recycling (February 6 2008) MPs from all parties demanded to know why budget cuts of 25% had affected organisations like WRAP.
Labour MP for Norwich North Ian Gibson led the charge and said that WRAP should be maintained and strengthened financially and not be cut back.

Cheltenham Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood also said that it was alarming that WRAP has received budget cuts of 25% and made 31 compulsory redundancy notices.
Shadow Environment Secretary Gregory Barker was another voice of dissent when he accused the Government of undermining WRAP.

In response Environment Minister Joan Ruddock said that she was not in a position to tell the ministers the final outcomes of our discussions on finance.
She continued: People should not believe that, because, for example, WRAP has had to issue notices, all that change will necessarily come to fruition. Decisions have not yet been taken, and it is reasonable that we have had conversations with our delivery bodies.

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