HC Deb 07 September 2004 vol 424 cc1163-4W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the working groups and committees at European Union level upon which his Department sits; and if he wi#l list the current agenda of each. [187324]

Name of working group Current agenda
European Working Group on Land-Use To provide guidance on the implementation of Article 12 of the Seveso II
Planning in the context of Article 12 of the

Seveso II Directive 1

Directive addressing the issue of land-use planning in the vicinity of establishments

handling dangerous substances.

National EIA and SEA experts Committee To provide updates and exchange examples of good practice in Environmental

Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA).

Raw Materials Supply Group To discuss a wide range of issues concerning the extractive industries with

European industry trade associations. The Group examines improvements to

industry environmental performance, such as restoration and aftercare, and other

initiatives which may impinge in this sector and its competitiveness.

Working Group of the Environment Council on

the proposed EU Directive on management of

waste from the extractive industries

To debate and negotiate proposals for new European environmental legislation,

and to forward dossiers to the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper).

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive


To assist the Commission in the implementation of the directive.
Standing Committee on Construction (SCC) To examine any questions posed by the implementation and the practical

application of the Construction Products Directive (CPD).

Eurocodes National Correspondents Group To assist in the implementation of the structural curocodes.
The Committee on the Development and To implement Structural Funds Regulations, as required under Article 48 of EU

Year Percentage
1981 6.0
1991 6.5
2001 7.0

These figures relate to built-up areas, irrespective of administrative boundaries.