Contaminated Land Update 1

United Kingdom
The contaminated land regime is due to comeinto force from 1 April 2000 even though thefinal regulations and statutory guidance havenot been agreed yet.

Each House of Parliament for England,Scotland and Wales will be making its ownregulations, although they are expected to beidentical. The current status for each Houseis as follows:

England - A consultation paper was issued inOctober 1999 by the Department ofEnvironment, Transport and the Regionscontaining draft regulations as well as draftstatutory guidance. No further consultationpaper is expected and the DETR areconfident they will make the 1 April deadline.

Scotland - The Scottish Executive issued itsconsultation paper in November 1999containing draft regulations and statutoryguidance, both of which matched the Englishversion almost word-for-word. No furtherconsultation paper is expected and the1 April target should be met.

Wales - There has been no consultationpaper issued yet for Wales, although one hasbeen promised for early February which willbe identical to the English and Scottish versions.A shorter consultation period is planned inorder that the 1 April deadline can still be met.

For further information, please contact Verity Kidd on 0171 367 3000 or