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Hazardous Substances: EC Law

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies manufacturing optoelectronic components responded to the consultation on the exemption of substances from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive; and if he will make a statement. (127084)

In response to the European Commission’s most recent consultation (closed 10 January 2007), I understand that two companies which manufacture opto-electronic components have responded to the request to exempt “Cadmium in opto-electronic components” from the requirements of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive.

The European Commission has not yet put forward proposals to member states as to whether this exemption request will be granted or not.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value is of optoelectronic equipment containing cadmium manufactured in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (127085)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to exempting equipment used for live performances from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive; and if he will make a statement. (127086)

Any manufacturer or producer of electrical and electronic equipment that cannot comply with the requirements of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive due to technical or scientific barriers, or where the benefits of RoHS compliant alternatives are likely to be outweighed by a greater negative impact on the environment, health and/or consumer safety, can submit an application for exemption to the European Commission for consideration.

Under Article 5(1) of the Directive, a Technical Adaptation Committee (comprised of all EU member states and chaired by the European Commission), can approve such exemptions requests if they are found to be justified.

As far as I am aware, the European Commission has not received such a broad request exempting the general use of equipment for live performances.