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Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the outcome has been of the examination of individual liability through the review of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, with reference to the statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 705, on corporate manslaughter and homicide. (171345)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government are keeping under review the need for further legislation placing duties on individual directors.

Following its review in 2006, the Health and Safety Commission took steps to strengthen the existing arrangements on directors' responsibilities for health and safety. The Commission will evaluate the impact on directors' behaviour of these steps in the context of wider developments such as the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, and advise Ministers.