Royal Parks: De-icing

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Health and Safety Commission will take enforcement action under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 against the Royal Parks Agency for failing to keep cycle lanes in the Royal Parks of London free from snow and ice.

Photo of Baroness Hollis of Heigham Baroness Hollis of Heigham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Health and Safety Commission cannot take enforcement action under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that has statutory duties to make adequate arrangements for the enforcement of the Act and to appoint inspectors with powers to enforce health and safety law. Inspectors, however, exercise these powers in accordance with the commission's enforcement policy statement.

HSE inspectors will review health and safety policies and procedures with the Royal Parks Agency to ensure de-icing treatments are being implemented in a reasonable and sensible way.

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