HC Deb 12 March 2002 vol 381 cc942-3W
Mr. Paice

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies she has made of the way in which other EU states implement directives and regulations affecting farmers and food production; and what assessment she has made of the compliance costs in each country. [36583]

Mr. Morley

The responsibility for monitoring the regulatory situation in member states and for maintaining a level playing field through the proper implementation and enforcement of EU legislation is a matter for the European Commission. In developing its own regulatory reform plan, DEFRA does have regard among other matters, to practice in other member states where appropriate.