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Nanotechnology

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many entries have been registered under the voluntary reporting scheme for nanomaterials since its inception. (319921)

A trial of the UK's voluntary reporting scheme for engineered nanomaterials was carried out between September 2006 and September 2008. DEFRA received 13 submissions to the scheme during this period. Although the scheme has now officially closed submissions are still accepted.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plan to bring forward proposals for a mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials used in consumer products. (319922)

As stated in the Government's June 2009 response to the Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution's December 2008 Report “Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case of Nanotechnology”, we recognise that, given increasing interest in this area, additional work to boost our understanding is required. Work is currently ongoing to define in more detail how any successor to the voluntary reporting scheme could effectively be introduced, including whether or not it should be mandatory.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government plan to publish its Nanotechnology Strategy. (319923)