HC Deb 27 February 1996 vol 272 cc434-5W
Mr. Elletson

To ask the President of the Board of Trade to what extent each EU country has adopted single market legislation; and if he will make a statement. [16402]

Mr. Oppenheim

The following are the European Commission's figures of 8 November 1995 for the percentage of single market measures in the 1985 Commission White Paper on the single market which have been transposed into national law by member states of the European Union.

Per cent.
Denmark 99.1
Luxembourg 96.4
Portugal 96.4
Netherlands 95.5
France 95.0
Sweden 95.0
United Kingdom 93.7
Spain 93.7
Italy 91.9
Belgium 91.0
Ireland 91.0
Greece 89.6
Per cent.
Finland 89.6
Germany 88.2
Austria 77.8

We are encouraging the Commission to ensure that member states catch up on delays, and, at least as importantly, to ensure single market measures are effectively and evenly enforced in each member state. We are also making efforts to ensure that the UK catches up on its backlog.