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Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the European Commission has given them notice that it will bring forward from 2014 the date by which the topping-up of refrigeration plant with HCFC R22, whether new or recycled, will be illegal; and, if so, what the new date is. [HL5711]

The European Commission published a proposal on 11 September to revise the current EC Regulation 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer.

The proposal makes no changes to the existing requirements to ban the use of virgin HCFCs in the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment from 1 January 2010 and restates the further ban on the use of all HCFCs for such purposes from 1 January 2015.