The European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted its second reading report on 5 November 2008. It contains many amendments, which we are still examining in detail. It is, however, clear that they have moderated the first reading amendments which would have had the greatest impact on the availability of plant protection products.
(2) what assessment he has made of the potential impact on UK producers, suppliers and distributors of plant protection products as a consequence of the European Parliament's position on the proposal for a Regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.
The Parliament’s first reading report included amendments for identifying and approving candidates for substitution which could ultimately have eliminated a large number of active substances. The Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted its second reading report on the proposed regulation on 5 November 2008. It included modified amendments on candidates for substitution which would allow these substances to remain on the market until replacements were available. Consequently, these provisions would not be expected to have any significant impact on the British horticulture industry.