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United Kingdom Accreditation Service

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) size and (b) value is of the conformity assessment sector in the UK with respect to (i) the number of UK Accreditation Service accredited bodies and (ii) their financial contribution to the UK economy. [116753]

I understand that there are currently 1,446 laboratories (testing and calibration); 116 certification bodies; and 130 inspection bodies accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.The information needed to answer the second part of the question is not available.