No. 47  Session 2002-2003

29 October 2003


EU chemicals legislation

Today the European Commission published its proposals for EU chemicals legislation. In response, the Science and Technology Committee will conduct a short inquiry into the implications of these proposals. The Committee wishes to establish, given that the principles of the legislation will remain in place:

•What, in order of priority, needs to be amended in the legislation?

•What are the implications if these amendments are not made?

The Committee would also be interested in views on the role played by the UK Government and what action it should take in the final stages of the legislative process.

The Commission published draft legislation for consultation in May 2003 and a large number of organisations submitted comments. Organisations who took part in the consultation need not repeat the views they expressed there and should confine their remarks to changes made to the draft legislation.

Those wishing to submit memoranda should write to the Clerk of the Science and Technology Committee at the House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, by Friday 9 January 2004. It is expected that oral evidence sessions will be held shortly afterwards.

Evidence should be submitted in hard copy, but please send an electronic version too by email to or on disk.  Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at .

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 the Committee's internet homepage:

Note 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.