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Environment Protection: EC Law

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the environmental liability directive; and what is required for it to have regulatory effect. (127134)

Member states are required to transpose the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) by 30 April 2007. The Government completed the first of two public consultations (on policy options for transposing) at the end of February. Following analysis of consultation responses, the way forward is currently being considered. The second consultation (on draft legislation) is planned to take place later in the year. The 30 April implementation deadline will therefore not be met. Taking account of all the required processes, implementation is expected during spring 2008. While the Government wish to implement the Directive as expeditiously as possible, it also wants to ensure optimum stakeholder engagement. We will apply section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, using the appropriate Designation Orders, as the legal base for transposing the ELD.