Written Questions are submitted by MPs or Lords to receive information from a Department.
|16 Mar 2018, 6:42 p.m.||Ozone Layer: Environment Protection||Sue Hayman|
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made on the development of a UK system to manage the quota of (a) fluorinated gases and (b) ozone depleting substances required under the UN Montreal Protocol, after the UK leaves the EU.
Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)
The future operation of the fluorinated gases (F-gas) and ozone depleting substances (ODS) quota systems will depend on the outcome of ongoing negotiations. It is important to be prepared for a range of outcomes, including the unlikely possibility of leaving without a deal.
Possible outcomes include establishing UK F-gas and ODS quota systems. The Environment Agency and Defra are currently scoping options for the development of administrative systems to manage UK quotas.
All preparations are conducted without prejudice to any negotiated solution which the UK and EU might agree.