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Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward the timing of the decision on moving to a compulsory reporting scheme on nanotechnologies. (196965)

The Department intends to review the voluntary reporting scheme on nanotechnologies in October 2008, as planned. However, in liaison with industry and academia, we are currently seeking to remove disincentives to reporting by simplifying the guidance and providing assistance with completing the documentation.