No. 37 - Session 2003-2004 7 May 2004



The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Sixth Report of Session 2003-04, Within Reach: The EU’s New Chemicals Strategy (HC 172-I), at 8.30am on Wednesday 12 May 2004. The Report considers the European Commission’s Proposals for a new EU Chemicals Strategy, which were published on 29 October 2003. The Committee considered what changes needed to made to the legislation to make it workable while protecting human health and the environment. The role of the UK Government in achieving these aims was also discussed.

Hard copies of the Report will be available from the Reception, 7 Millbank, at 8.30am on Wednesday 12 May or can be obtained from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting HC 172-I. The text of the Report will also be available via the Committee's internet homepage:

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from Committee staff on

020 7219 2793/4. Previous press notices and publications are available on our website.

  Notes for Editors

1. Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the "expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies". The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.

2. The Committee’s inquiry was announced on 29 October 2003 in Press Notice No. 47, Session 2002-03.

3. The Committee took evidence from: WWF, Greenpeace, British Retail Consortium, Marks and Spencer and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection on 19 January 2004; the EC Directorates General for Environment and Enterprise on 2 February 2003; and the Chemical Industry Association, the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality and officials on 9 February.