Microplastics

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th September 2017.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to lay regulations on the use of microbeads.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

On Friday 21st July, the Government published the summary of responses to our consultation on plans to ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. We notified our proposals under the Technical Standards Directive (EU) and the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (WTO) on 28 July. This stage in the process takes 3 months and will end on 28 October subject to there being no valid objections. We intend to introduce legislation later this year.

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