HC Deb 16 May 1990 vol 172 cc456-7W
94. Mr. Irvine

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the directives necessary to complete the single European market have yet to be implemented; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood

The Commission's fifth progress report on the single market shows that the United Kingdom, as recorded by the European Community, has the best record in the Community for the implementation into national legislation of single market measures with nine measures not implemented as at 1 March 1990. Unfortunately only 21 of the directives have been implemented in all European Community member states.

My Department's publication "Progress on Commission White Paper" also shows that as at 1 March there were 60 individual directives which had been adopted and which were not yet required to have entered into force. Also, 139 measures had not been adopted, five of which had not yet been presented to the Council. Copies of this publication have been deposited in both Libraries.

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