B. CASES WHERE EFFECTIVE SCRUTINY HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE |
47. CAR EMISSION AND FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS (THE AUTO-OIL"
Letter from Baroness Hayman, Parliamentary Under Secretary
of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions,
to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee
Jimmy Hood has written to me about a delay which has occurred
in providing supplementary explanatory memoranda on the car emissions
and fuel quality proposals. In fact I recently signed these documents
and they should by now be with your Committee.
I do apologise for the very long delay which has occurred
in sending you these. They have been available for some time but
it was our intention to provide compliance cost assessments (CCAs)
at the same time and these have taken considerably longer than
expected to prepare. Since we are still a little way from finalising
the CCAs however the EMS have been despatched to enable them to
be taken in the current session.
I can assure you that this will in no way affect the Committee's
opportunity to give proper consideration to these matters. The
main focus of activity with regard to these proposals is now in
the European Parliament which has just begun its Second Reading
on the proposals; we wait to see what amendments will emerge.
Following this, in the Spring, conciliation between the Council
and the Parliament is likely. We are monitoring the situation
very closely, particularly of course with the UK's forthcoming
Presidency very much in mind, and will keep you informed of developments.
Meanwhile the CCAs will be finalised and forwarded as quickly
15 December 1997