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Government response prompts further call for views

29 September 2017

The Government has responded to the previous Environmental Audit Committee's Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum inquiry. The Committee is calling for further written submissions on the Government’s response.

'No plan'

Mary Creagh, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:

"The chemicals industry is the second largest exporter to the EU after cars. Chemicals regulation is important because it enables the sector to provide value to the economy whilst also protecting public health and the environment.
 
Some businesses that trade within the EU are responding to the uncertainty around the future of UK chemicals regulation by looking to move their operations overseas, putting UK jobs at risk.
 
I am disappointed that the Government hasn’t set out a plan to regulate this industry. With only 18 months until the UK leaves the EU, the Government must provide certainty to businesses in this sector."

Future of chemicals regulation

The Environmental Audit Committee's report, The Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum, published in April 2017 found that the Government must urgently provide certainty to the UK chemicals industry over the future of chemicals regulation.

Since the Committee's report, the Government has also published an example of how it might use the powers in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to legislate for chemicals in the event of leaving the European Union without a deal in this area. This can be found in the Delegated Powers Memorandum for the Bill.

Call for written submissions

The Committee is seeking views on the Government's response and the section on chemicals in the Delegated Powers Memorandum. Comments should be submitted using the form on the Future of Chemicals Regulation after the EU Referendum inquiry page by 5pm on Friday, 20 October 2017. Please make it explicit in your submission whether you are happy for your submission to be published. Late submissions will be accepted, but may miss the opportunity to inform further consideration by the Committee of this issue.

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