§ Mr. Straw
The total number of Statutory Instruments (SIs) registered as General Instruments in 1998, 1992, 1985 and 1973 made by my Department is listed in the table. I have indicated, to the extent the information is available, the number which were made to comply with European Community obligations.
Year Number of SIs Number implementing European Community obligations (where applicable) 1998 118 1 1992 86 2
Year Number of SIs Number implementing European Community obligations (where applicable) 1985 84 — 1973 116 —
With regard to 1985 and 1973, it is not possible, without incurring disproportionate cost, to determine how many of these SIs were introduced to comply with European Community obligations.
The figures given exclude Statutory Instruments which deal with European Parliamentary elections since these do not give effect directly to a Community obligation.