Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

SESSION 2002-03

18 September 2003


End of Life Vehicles and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directives

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced that it would set up a Sub-committee to look into preparations for the End of Life Vehicles Directive and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

The Committee has decided on the following terms of reference:

"In light of the report of the Government Better Regulation Task Force, published in July, the Committee will look at preparations made for the implementation of the End of Life Vehicles Directive and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. It will also scrutinise the role played by the Government in negotiating each Directive, and - in the case of the End of Life Vehicles Directive - its subsequent transposition into national law, to ascertain whether there are any lessons to be learnt. It will particularly examine the capacity of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to deal with such Directives.

"Where appropriate the Committee will also examine associated legislation such as the Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (ROHS) Directive."

The Committee invites written evidence from interested parties which addresses the above terms of reference. Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] by Friday 24 October 2003. The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Oral evidence sessions will be held in November or December. Witnesses will be announced in due course.

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