§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to proceed with the implementation of part II of the Control of Pollution Act 1974; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Yes. My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment, for Scotland and for Wales are continuing with the phased implementation programme for part II, announced by my hon. Friend the Member for Pudsey (Mr. Shaw) on 15 February 1982 in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for 251W Reading, West (Mr. Durant). However, some revision of the previously announced timetable is now needed to take account of the extensive nature of the necessary public consultations. It is the intention to introduce phase 1 in two stages: the first stage, an order which initially exempts certain discharges from control, to be in force in August this year; the second stage, the remainder of phase 1, to come into force in November. No change to the announced timing of the subsequent phases is proposed.