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Health And Safety Executive

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the Pliatzky report as it affects the Health and Safety Executive and whether it would mean a lowering of safety standards in order to avoid cost in applying safety measures.

[pursuant to his reply, 6 May 1980, c. 5–6]: The Health and Safety Commission is taking steps to implement Sir Leo Pliatzky's recommendation that it should publish appraisals of the cost to industry and employers of the measures it proposes, together with estimates of the gains from those measures. This will not lead to any lowering of existing safety standards. But it will help to ensure that the implications of proposed new requirements are systematically examined.