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Motorway Service Areas: Inspections

Volume 590: debated on Friday 19 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will provide a table, noting dates, names and ownership of motorway service stations in the United Kingdom and the routes and locations on which they occur, stating:

  • (a) how often health and safety inspectors made inspections at all sites in each of the last two years and providing full details in respect to hazards detected in:
  • (i) the condition of food preparation and the serving areas; and
  • (ii) the condition and maintenance of toilet facilities; and
  • (b) on what dates subsequent re-inspections were made at each location; and [HL2279]
  • How many service stations have been subject to inspection and on which dates and found to be below European Union standards in each of the last five years; and what subsequent checks have been required, with dates, at those sites that were found to have been below standard. [HL2280]

    The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
    (Baroness Hayman)

    There are no specific EU standards relating to motorway service areas (MSAs). MSAs, like all other restaurants, are subject to periodic inspections by local authority environmental health departments. Records of the food premises inspections at MSAs are not held separately, and the information requested could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.