No. 8 of Session 2003-04, dated 13 January 2004

EU Chemicals Legislation

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee announces its programme of oral evidence sessions for its inquiry into the EU' chemical legislation. Further sessions could take place if the Committee feels this is necessary.

Monday 19 January   - Palace of Westminster

Environmental NGOs: WWF; Greenpeace   4.15pm   

British Retail Consortium  - 5.00pm                  

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection - 5.30pm

Monday 2 February - European Commission, Brussels

European Commission - 10.00am

Environment Directorate - TBC

European Commission Enterprise Directorate - 3.00pm

Monday 9 February - Palace of Westminster

Chemical Industries Association - 4.30pm

Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality - 5.15pm

Speaking ahead of the first evidence session, Chairman of the Committee, Dr Ian Gibson said, "It may sound a bit of dry obscure European legislation but it is vital for environmental protection and the future of our highly successful chemical industry. This has implications for everything from salmon farming to deodorant manufacture. We want to make sure the UK Government is doing all it can to make the legislation workable and effective".

For further information, please ring the Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4, or refer to the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033.  Previous press notices and publications are available on our website -

Notes for those wishing to attend a public meeting of the Committee

For the sessions in the Palace of Westminster, members of the public wishing to attend should present themselves at St Stephen's Entrance, or Portcullis House if appropriate, where they will be directed through security and to the appropriate Committee Room.

It is advisable to allow about 15 minutes for this. It is possible for the Committee Room designated for the hearing to change at short notice, but such room changes will be clearly  indicated.  Please ensure that mobile phones and pagers are turned off before entering the Committee Room.  Under no circumstances should members of the public address the Committee while in session.  It is not possible for seats to be reserved in the Committee Room but every effort is made to ensure sufficient seating.  Standing in Committee Rooms is permitted at the discretion of the Chairman.  Those attending meetings are asked to remain silent throughout.

The sessions in Brussels will take place in Room 5A, 45 avenue d'Auderghem.

Notes for Editors

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.

The Committee's inquiry was announced on 29 October 2003 in press notice 47 of the session 2002-03.