§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will provide a further explanation of the need for and expected operation of SI 1979 No. 1704 European Communities (Designation) Order 1979.
§ Mr. Tebbit
This designation order is needed to give statutory effect to the Council directive of 21 December 1978 concerning minimum requirements for certain tankers entering or leaving Community ports (79/116/EEC) as amended by the Council directive of 6 December 1979 (79/1034/EEC), to the extent that this cannot appropriately be done under other legislation.
The Department of Trade submitted an explanatory memorandum on the substantive draft directive on 2 November 1978 (R 2332/78) on which the Select Committee on European Legislation reported in its third report, Session 1978–79 (HC 10-III).
Regulations under the designation order are expected to be made shortly.