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Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Paymaster General under what circumstances the Health and Safety Executive is called in to monitor the excavation of asbestos from outdoor dumps.

Responsibility for ensuring the safe removal of asbestos lies with those undertaking the work. Such work is subject to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and associated legislation. The Health and Safety Executive is the enforcing authority at these sites. The frequency of visits to a particular site depends on the degree of hazard. Health and Safety Executive inspectors also have power to investigate complaints.