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Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what actions his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are taking to comply with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002; whether he has made an estimate of the cost of compliance; and if he will make a statement. [118848]

The Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments, together with their Agencies and NDPBs, have been complying with the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002. Work is on-going to identify where asbestos is present, to assess the risk and to take action to manage such a risk.The total cost of compliance has not yet been determined as much survey and inspection work is ongoing.