Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Toxic Wastes.


asked the Minister for Local Government the progress that has been made by the European Commission with regard to a draft directive on the storage, transport and treatment of toxic wastes.

The Commission's proposals for a directive on toxic and dangerous waste are being examined by a group of technical experts. Six meetings of the group have been held to date and further meetings are planned. It is expected that the draft directive will be submitted to the Council of Ministers early next year.

In view of certain planning permissions which have been given recently with regard to certain materials, will these regulations be enforced?

I do not know what Deputy Lemass is talking about and, therefore, I cannot comment.

I do not want to name the company.

If the Deputy does not want to name the company that is a little bit stupid.

We are not supposed to name companies.

That would not be in order.

Is the Minister aware that permission has been given in relation to the problems raised in the questions? If that is so why has he to wait a year for a submission?

Perhaps Deputy MacSharry is referring to objections to permissions which were reported in the newspapers in his own constituency. If he objects to those——

They are not in my constituency.

——he should say so now. Perhaps he does not want industry in his constituency.

Since the Minister's crowd took over there has been no new industry in my constituency. In fact, less.