§ Mr. Meacher
[holding answer 28 February 2002]: Under the terms of Article 16(6), the UK reported to the European Commission by 31 December 2001 on systems established to promote the recovery of used controlled substances, including the facilities available and the quantities of used ozone-depleting substances recovered, recycled, reclaimed or destroyed. This was achieved by defining minimum qualifications for personnel, publishing guidance on recovery and destruction, and providing details on plant capacity for volumes destroyed.
My Department wrote to the European Commission on 18 December 2001 to define minimum qualifications. A copy of the letter and enclosures has been placed in the Library of the House. The information on destruction and capacity for destruction is commercially sensitive as there are only two facilities in place in the UK at present, so we are unable to publish it. The joint ex-DETR/DTI guidance can be found on the DTI's website, www.dti.gov.uk/access/ozone/htm.