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Working Conditions

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to help employers provide healthy working environments. (202983)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The Government have done a good deal to help employers provide healthy working environments in recent years: the publication of the White Paper “Choosing Health—making healthy choices easier” (2004) the cross-Government strategy “Health, work and well-being—Caring for our future” (2005), and, finally, the more recently published review of the health of the working age population, “Working for a healthier tomorrow” (March 2008) by Professor Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work. In addition the Government have sponsored a number of workplace health awards for both public and private sectors, including the prestigious Business in the Community Health at Work awards.

As the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions set out in a written ministerial statement on 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 50-52WS, the Government will consider Dame Carol’s findings carefully and, over the coming months, will develop detailed proposals to make a real difference to all working environments. Success in this agenda will benefit individuals, families, communities, businesses and the economy as a whole.