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Politicians back Clause 47

Politicians charged with assembling the latest draft of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill have agreed to keep its controversial Clause 47.
It means that local authorities will no longer have to contract out their waste disposal functions to private firms.
The Clause is designed to give councils more flexibility in how they manage their waste, but has raised concerns from MPs and the Environmental Services Association that it may harm the private sector.
However, Environment Minister Elliot Morley assured the committee that the clause was not intended to be a criticism of the private sector and simply allowed local authorities to "carry out their functions by choosing from a wider range of partnerships with other local authorities and the private sector".

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