HC Deb 27 June 1991 vol 193 c518W
Mr. Hayward

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to implement the provisions of the EC construction products directive in the United Kingdom.

Sir George Young

My right hon. Friend intends to implement the EC construction products directive — 89/106/EEC—by means of regulations made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972. These regulations are to be laid in Parliament around the middle of July and it is proposed that they come into force around the turn of the year.

Implementation of the directive in the United Kingdom will take place somewhat later than the target timetable set out in the directive—27 June 1991. However, our implementation timetable is entirely consistent with the European Commission's projected date for the publication of interpretative documents. These documents are essential to the commercial application of the directive and to effective enforcement action.