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Packaging Regulations

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to include pallets within the terms of the packaging regulations. [126915]

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the workings of the packaging regulations; and what measures she is planning to ensure that the price of packaging recovery notes does not fall below a level at which the mechanisms of the packaging regulations cease to operate effectively. [126916]

We will be publishing a consultation paper later this month seeking views on possible amendments to the packaging regulations. Targets for the recovery and recycling of packaging waste from 2004 to 2008 and a range of other measures designed to improve the system are considered in the consultation document. A number of these changes have been recommended by the Advisory Committee on Packaging who have reviewed a number of aspects of the packaging regulations. We believe that the changes proposed would ensure the continued viability of the present system of packaging recovery notes and would contribute to a more efficient and effective, system.