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Environmental Protection: Aarhus Convention

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps are envisaged to secure compliance with the requirement in Article 9(4) of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters for private remedies which are not prohibitively expensive; and [HL1084]

Whether the general rule that the loser pays the winner in judicial review proceedings means that in practice those proceedings are ‚Äúprohibitively expensive‚ÄĚ, within the meaning of Article 9(4) of the Aarhus Convention. [HL1085]

The UK is supportive of the goals of the Aarhus Convention. The UK will report on the legislative, regulatory or other measures that the UK has taken to implement the provisions of the convention; and their practical implementation.