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Directives

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if, in the light of the recent decision of the EEC Court of Justice that EEC directives are legally binding from the time when they should have been implemented by national Governments and not from the time when national Governments actually produced and finalised the necessary consequential legislation, he will publish in the Official Report a list of the directives approved by the EEC which have not yet been formalised in United Kingdom law and a note of the dates when each of these directives fall to be implemented under decisions of the EEC.

My hon. Friend may have in mind a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice in relation to a particular article of the sixth Council directive on the harmonisation of the laws of the member States relating to turnover taxes, to the effect that a provision in the article in question might in certain circumstances be relied on by an individual even before the directive had been implemented by the member State in question.I am not aware of any general ruling of the Court of the kind referred to.