To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to enforce European Union health and safety at work standards at each stage of the construction and installation process in projects for Britain's offshore oil and gas industries; and what the relationship is between health and safety legislation and her Department's licensing regime.
European Union health and safety at work standards, as set out in EU Directives, are implemented in Great Britain and in respect of the UK offshore oil and gas industries through the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and subordinate health and safety regulations. This legislation is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive. The legislation is entirely separate from DTI's licensing regime under the Petroleum Act.