On 21 March the European Communities' Council of Ministers will have a first exchange of views on the Commission's proposals for implementing the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. That will enable us to consider the extent to which legislation, at Community or national level, will be necessary.
It would be quite wrong to pre-empt the discussions that start next week with legislation. Obviously, we shall need to examine the range of options that the European Community is addressing — from regulations to directives. If a European-wide directive emerges, there will be no need for national legislation.
In answer to the second point, a number of companies are responding to the hon. Lady's wish and are using the slogan, "ozone friendly," which is to be commended.
That was an important point at the centre of the discussions with the Americans when we began negotiating on 16 September in Montreal. It will certainly he looked at in more detail in the discussions that start next week in the Community.
I totally agree with the hon. Member that this is a critically important issue for environmental protection. I welcome the fact that action was taken in international forums before the scientific data came along to demonstrate that there is a major problem. More research is required and is currently going on. I will ensure that the hon. Member has details of the specific sums involved as soon as they become available.