Accidents and Illness at Work

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th November 1992.

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Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney , Makerfield 12:00 am, 10th November 1992

I am standing up. It is not true that Conservative Members have clumped together to buy a high chair for my debut at the Dispatch Box.

The figures on occupational health are staggering: 20 per cent. of hospital accident admissions are work related, 2 million people suffer from work-related illnesses and a huge number of days are lost each year due to illness at work—a staggering 29 million. Despite that, the Government have set no targets or objectives in the White Paper. Will the Minister state clearly when he intends to introduce targets and objectives to reduce workplace injuries and matters related to occupational health?