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Health and Safety Summons

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since 1st April 1999 each of the armed services has received summons under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. (101917)

The Ministry of Defence as part of the Crown cannot be prosecuted for breaches of health and safety law. However there are administrative arrangements in place by which the MOD can be censured in respect of offences which would otherwise have resulted in a prosecution. Since April 1999 there have been five such Crown Censures taken out in respect of the Royal Navy, four in respect of the Army, and one in respect of the Royal Air Force.