§ Lord Brougham and Vaux
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What representations they have received concerning the timing of the implementation of integrated pollution control.
§ Lord Strathclyde
We have received a number of representations from a variety of sources which have suggested that an implementation date of 2nd January 1991 means that there would be an inadequate period for consultation with interested parties and the public on guidance notes and regulations to be issued under the Part I of the Environmental Protection Bill. We have considered these representations most carefully. Royal Assent to the Bill is now expected later than had previously been anticipated. A delay will also enable HMIP to broaden its training procedures for the implemenation of IPC and associated work. We have decided, therefore, that IPC will now be implemented on 1st April 1991 for all new prescribed processes; prescribed processes undergoing a substantial change; and large combustion plant. Other prescribed processes will be phased in over four years from 1st April 1992.