Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that progress towards increased productivity in this industry is very much dependent on an early agreement and early introduction of the new regulations? What date does he hope for? Can he see any way of improving upon that date?
This matter worried my predecessor and has worried me more than somewhat as well. The drafting of the regulations, especially the fire sections, has proved to be a complex task and has taken longer than I should have wished. On the latter point, I do not propose to hold another round of consultations before the regulations are made. The interests of the industry will be best served by getting the regulations made as quickly as possible. Any amendments later shown to be necessary can be made subsequently.