EU Legislation

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th December 2002.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many legislative measures have been enacted in the UK to implement European Union legislation in each year since 1992.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

It would entail disproportionate cost to research and compile the number of legislative measures enacted each year in the UK directly implementing EC legislation.

The picture is complicated. Some EC measures are directly applicable in the member states. Others require incorporation into national law. This is sometimes done by legislation, but on other occasions by administrative means. In yet other situations, domestic legislation which is being amended for other purposes, may also incorporate changes to reflect EU directives. This makes it extremely difficult to determine how many legislative measures have been introduced in the UK as a result of EC measures.

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