HL Deb 28 November 1990 vol 523 c46WA
Lord Gainford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect to publish a timetable for implementation of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment (Baroness Blatch)

We have today placed in the Library copies of our target timetable for implementation of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Part A of the timetable sets out for each subject area of the Act target dates for key tasks such as consultation on draft regulations, the laying of regulations and the ultimate target commencement dates. Part B lists the key tasks in chronological order.

The timetable covers implementation plans for the whole Act with the exception of the regulatory system under Part II—Waste on Land. This brings in a complete overhaul of our existing waste management systems and we are presently working on the timetable for this. A further announcement will be made on Part II as soon as possible.

The Environmental Protection Act is a landmark in environmental legislation. It brings with it valuable opportunities to enhance our domestic environment and contribute significantly to the development of international environmental policy. We must all be prepared to seize these opportunities so that future generations can benefit from a cleaner, healthier and greener world.