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Health and Safety Executive: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of future funding plans for the Health and Safety Executive on its ability to perform its role. (173795)

The Department is currently discussing funding for the 2007 spending review period with the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive. As part of this process, Ministers have asked HSC/E to maintain front-line inspector numbers for the next spending period, at least at the March 2008 level. HSC/E has been asked to prepare a business plan for my approval which sets out how they will perform their role. HSC/E’s final spending settlement will be announced in the new year.