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EU: Hazardous Waste Directive

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19 June (WA 57), whether the regulatory impact assessment on the hazardous waste directive will include an assessment of the comparative costs to British industry of (a) implementing the directive; and (b) delaying implementation and thus impeding the free movement of goods across the European Union.[HL6646]

Copies of the DTI's final regulatory impact assessment on the restriction of hazardous substances directive were submitted to the Library of the House on 25 May this year. The annualised costs to UK industry have been estimated to be between £91 million and £170 million over the next 10 years. Delaying implementation would mean that equipment placed on the UK market would not have incurred their proportion of these costs but any equipment exported to other EU member states would have had to comply to be lawfully placed on the market in those countries. It would not have been economically feasible for companies placing goods on the EU market to run two manufacturing lines.