Schedule 20 - Amendment of REACH legislation

Environment Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 26th January 2021.

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Amendment proposed: 24, page 244, line 19, at end insert—

‘(1A) Regulations made under this paragraph must not regress upon the protections or standards of any Article or Annex of the REACH Regulation.

(1B) Subject to sub-paragraph (1A), the Secretary of State—

(a) must make regulations under this paragraph to maintain, and

(b) may make regulations under this paragraph to exceed

parity of all protections and standards of chemical regulation with any new or amended regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the regulation of chemicals.’ —(Ruth Jones.)

This amendment would set a minimum of protections under REACH and remove the possibility that a Secretary of State might lower standards than are in place currently, whilst reserving the right for them to set higher standards should they choose.

Division number 217 Environment Bill — Schedule 20 - Amendment of REACH legislation

Aye: 227 MPs

No: 356 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

The House divided: Ayes 227, Noes 357.

Question accordingly negatived.

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Bill to be further considered tomorrow.