HC Deb 02 February 1999 vol 324 cc579-80W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government supported the amendment to the draft EU Directive on end-of-life vehicles which was approved at the Environment Council meeting on 21 December and which added £73 million extra annual costs on business. [68983]

Dr. Howells

Ministers reached only a preliminary view on the main issues of the Directive at the Environment Council meeting in December, and decisions on the Council's Common Position are expected to be taken at the Environment Council in March.

The latest update of the Regulatory Impact Assessment includes a provision for a specific recycling target for 2015. The previous RIA could not contain a figure for this provision because it was based on an unquantified target for 2015 which would have been set by review in 2005. The difference between the two figures should not therefore simply be regarded as an increase.