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Asbestos

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions the Health and Safety Executive has brought against local authorities in respect of incidents involving asbestos in each of the last three years. (268413)

The number of prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive against individual local authorities in respect of incidents involving asbestos in each of its last three work years for which figures are available is shown in the following table.

Number of prosecutions

2005-06

2

2006-07

0

2007-08

4

For the six authorities prosecuted, more than one charge was brought in every case. That is a total of 14 separate charges resulting in a conviction with one finding of not guilty.