§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what basis the targets under the packaging waste directive were established for(a) plastics, (b) aluminium, (c) steel, (d) glass and (e) paper. 
§ Mr. Wilson
[holding answer 7 May 2002]: As part of the current proposed revision of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste, the Commission has proposed differentiated material specific targets to be met in 2006. These were largely based on work carried out by the environmental consultants RDC/Pira, which looked at the costs and benefits of recycling each material in order to obtain optimum recycling ranges.
The draft proposal and RDC/Pira report are available on the Commission's website.