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Agrément Board

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement about the future of the Agrément Board.

My colleagues and I have recently completed a careful consideration of the recommendations of the Agrément Study Group. We have asked the Central Policy Review Staff in association with the Departments concerned to undertake a quick review, in the light of developments since the group reported, of the scope for increasing the marketability of agrément certificates, which we believe to be a key issue, and at the same time to explore with the British Standards Institution the feasibility of implementing the group's recommendation that the agrément function be transferred to that body. I hope to make a further statement shortly.