HC Deb 13 April 1999 vol 329 c75W
Dr. Marek

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Elmet (Mr. Burgon) of 28 January 1999,Official Report, column 335, on packaging waste, if he will provide details of the consultation process referred to in paragraph (viii); and when it will be concluded. [80384]

Mr. Meacher

The Department will shortly be issuing a consultation paper covering the Advisory Committee's proposal to change the present percentage activity obligations. We expect the consultation period to last approximately 6 weeks.

The consultation will consider the Advisory Committee's recommendation that there should be a 2 per cent. reduction in the convertor activity obligation (from 11 per cent. to 9 per cent.), a 1 per cent. increase each in the packer/filler activity obligation (from 36 per cent. to 37 per cent.) and retailer activity obligation (from 47 per cent. to 48 per cent.).