Law Lords urge legal reforms for environmental cases

Calls by two leading members of the judiciary for an extension of public access to the courts in environmental cases featured prominently in a debate on the implementation of EC environmental legislation in the House of Lords on 21 January. There was little response from the Government, but the debate highlighted the mounting pressure for legal reforms to facilitate the proper application of environmental laws in both the UK and EC.

The debate concerned two recent reports by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities. One made extensive recommendations for improving the implementation and enforcement of EC environmental laws (ENDS Report 207, pp 24-25 ), while the second dealt more narrowly with reforms of the EC's policy

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