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Rail Safety

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has to amend the Railways (Safety Critical Work) Regulations 1994 in relation to the working time for train drivers; and if he will make a statement. [119720]

[holding answer 17 June 2003]: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are currently reviewing the Railways (Safety Critical Work) Regulations 1994 and considering whether the provisions relating to fatigue are adequate for all safety critical railway workers, including train drivers. As part of this process, the HSE are focusing on the management of fatigue and not just the number of hours worked.