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Report on biodegradable carrier bags

10.—(1) The Department must, within 18 months of Royal Assent, prepare a report on biodegradable carrier bags.

(2) A report under this section must consider—

(a)the desirability of any exemptions on the grounds of biodegradability from the requirement to charge for carrier bags;

(b)the criteria under which any such exemptions should apply; and

(c)how any exemptions on the grounds of biodegradability proposed in the report would be implemented.

(3) The Department must—

(a)lay a report under this section before the Assembly; and

(b)publish a report under this section in such a manner as it thinks appropriate.