§ Mr. Moynihan
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has reached a decision on implementation in the United Kingdom of the European Community directive on product liability.
§ Mr. Howard
We propose to implement this directive through primary legislation as soon as the parliamentary timetable permits, together with legislation to implement our proposed general safety duty and other amendments to consumer legislation. We propose to allow at least six months between enactment of the legislation on product liability and its entry into force. The development risks defence and the exemption for primary agricultural products will be retained, but we do not intend to introduce a financial limit on a producer's liability.