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Eu Regulations

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many European Community regulations (a) came into force on United Kingdom entry, (b) have become applicable since the UK's Accession and (c) are in force; how many regulations introduced since 1973 have been (i) amended and (ii) replaced existing regulations; and where EC Regulations are listed in a form easily accessible to the General Public. [117092]

The precise number of EC regulations which came into force for the United Kingdom on accession, and which currently remain in force, is not held centrally by the Government. Equally, records of the number of regulations which have come into force since accession are not held. Many such regulations will have merely amended or repealed existing regulations. It would incur disproportionate cost to compile thisinformation.However, a directory of all Community legislation currently in force is available freely to the general public on http://www.europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/lif/index.html. This is structured in an easily accessible format by policy area and indicates where legislation has been amended or updated.