New timetable for EIRs

The new Environmental Information Regulations have been laid in Parliament and will be debated on 9th December 2004.

Hester Tidcombe from DEFRA’s Sustainable Development Unit says they are still expecting the law to be fully implemented on 1 January 2005 along with FOI.

Consultation on a draft Code of Practice to accompany the updated EIRs closed on 4 November 2004.

N.B. Consultation on the draft guidance is continuing until 31 December 2004 for Chapters 1-6 and 12 February 2005 for the remainder. The draft guidance consultation is at http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/eir-guidance/index.htm

The final chapter of the guidance on refusals is available here. (Thanks to Steve Wood for this)

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