HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 c909W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations originating from the EU have been implemented by the Department over the last five years. [120848]

Alun Michael

Regulations are, in general, directly applicable in the member states, without the need for implementation in national law.

The total number of EC Council Regulations made in areas covered by this Department and its predecessors over each of the last five years is estimated to be:

Number of EC Council Regulations
1999 42
2000 28
2001 41
2002 42
2003 (up to and including June) 19

It should be noted that many of these are small or technical regulations to amend, implement or indeed repeal existing measures.

Details of all Regulations adopted can be found on the Eur-Lex database available on the European Union's website.

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