HL Deb 01 March 2005 vol 670 cc19-20WA
Baroness Byford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which European Union countries have yet to implement Commission Directive 2003/111/EC on the marketing of fruit plant propagating material and fruit plants intended for fruit production. [HL1278]

Lord Whitty

Directive 2003/111/EC has been implemented in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The UK will complete its implementation in Spring 2005 when the directive is transposed in Wales.

The department does not hold information regarding the implementation of directives in other member states. The European Commission is responsible for monitoring the transposition of Community law. Each year, the Commission draws up a report on the monitoring of the application of Community law in all member states. This report is available on the Commission's website (www.europa.eu.int/comm). The most recent report outlines the position for directives with implementation dates in 2003. The report to be published later in 2005 will summarise progress for directives with implementation dates in 2004, including directive 2003/111/EC.