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Workers Memorial Day

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Government’s response to the consultation exercise proposing the official recognition of Workers Memorial Day.

The Government’s response (Cm 7789) has been laid before Parliament and will be published later today.

The consultation exercise attracted a large number of responses, the overwhelming majority of which were strongly supportive of the proposal. I am therefore delighted to announce that the UK will officially recognise Workers Memorial Day, and that this recognition will take formal effect this year on 28 April, the international day of action for safety and health at work. The day is already widely commemorated in the UK and official recognition will reinforce its significance and raise awareness of the workers who are killed, disabled, injured or made unwell each year by their work.

Commemorations will continue to be led by individuals, employers, trade unions and community organisations. In keeping with the outcome of the consultation, the Government will encourage commemorations to be held on the day itself throughout the UK. The Government and Ministers will help support and promote these commemorations.

Official recognition is a tribute to all those who have campaigned long and hard for such recognition, including bereaved families, trade unions, campaign groups, and many other organisations and individuals. It is also recognition of the importance of work to improve health and safety among the working population.

Copies of the response are available in the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. It is also available on the DWP website at: