HC Deb 04 November 1999 vol 337 c281W
Mr. Gibb

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if regulations required by EC Council Directive 97/23/EC (O.J. No. L181, 9.7.97, p.1) regarding the harmonisation of laws concerning pressure equipment have been published in each EU country; and if he will list these regulations together with their proposed implementation dates [96453]

Mr. Alan Johnson

The Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999, which implement the Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC), were laid before Parliament on 19 July 1999. The main provisions of the Regulations come into force on 29 November 1999, the date of application of the Directive. This is followed by a transitional period until 29 May 2002, when manufacturers may choose whether to comply with the national legislation in force on 29 November 1999 or with the Pressure Equipment Regulations.

It is for the European Commission to monitor the transposition of EU Directives across the Community and take appropriate action as necessary. The Commission publishes information on which Directives have been transposed on its CELEX database. This can be accessed on the parliamentary intranet (PDVN) as part of the JUSTIS database which is available in the Libraries of the House.

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