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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to ensure that the guidance notes being prepared by Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution for part A and B processes of the Environment Protection Bill are comprehensive in respect of what constitutes excessive cost; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 17 July 1990]: These notes will not address what constitutes excessive cost. A draft of the guidance setting out the Government's interpretation of the concept of best available techniques not entailing excessive cost—BATNEEC—was placed in the Library on 26 April 1990.