Lords attack "Henry VIII" powers in pollution prevention Bill

ENDS Report 288, January 1999

Plans to give Ministers extremely broad regulation-making powers under the Pollution Prevention and Control Bill have been challenged in unusually strong terms by a House of Lords committee. The Government is now under pressure to amend the Bill to narrow its scope and allow greater parliamentary scrutiny of regulations made under it. A significant delay could jeopardise compliance with the deadline for implementing the 1996 EC Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC).

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