§ Mr. Thomason
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the reasons for the European Commission's delay in starting infringement proceedings against Germany over its packaging ordinance; and if he will urge the Commission to act swiftly.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
We have urged the Commission to follow up swiftly its investigation of the German packaging ordinance.
In the longer term, the difficulties caused by unilateral regulations of this kind should be alleviated by the recently adopted packaging and packaging waste directive.