§ Mr. Barron
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received on the Government's proposals for implementing the requirements of the amended Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (97/11/EC); and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Caborn
Following an initial consultation last Summer, a second consultation paper on the implementation of the amended EIA Directive was issued on 19 December 1997. It set out our detailed proposals for refining the way in which the need for EIA is determined in the UK. To date, 195 responses have been received from business, government and environmental organisations across the UK, as well as members of the public. In addition, one response was submitted on a confidential basis. A list of responses received has been placed in the Library of the House. Copies of the responses themselves have been placed in my Department's library.