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Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many committees have been established under the process of unifying standards throughout the European Community, on which subjects and how many of the chairmen are British.

Standardisation in Europe is carried out by two bodies — the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) for non-electrical products, and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) for electrical products.According to our latest information, CEN has 90 technical committees, of which 11 are chaired by the United Kingdom, while CENELEC has 44 technical committees of which 11 are chaired by the United Kingdom.