Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (59)

Matt Carthy


59. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his plans for implementing the European Commission REACH Committee’s regulation that would ban the use of lead gunshot; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31221/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Notwithstanding our reservations on the draft Regulation in relation to the transition period for implementation, Ireland did indicate at the most recent meeting of the REACH committee in September last that, as we are committed to phasing out lead shot in and around wetlands, we would support the draft Regulation. A vote was taken at the meeting on the draft Regulation and it was passed by the necessary majority by Member States with Ireland voting to support the measure. The draft Regulation will now be sent to the Council and European Parliament for scrutiny.

My Department will maintain consultation with relevant interests including hunting and farming organisations in the coming period in relation to implementation of the draft Regulation should it become law.