To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to respond to the recommendations made by Sheriff Mackie of Alloa Sheriff Court in his judgment on the fatal accident inquiry of Muireann McLaughlin published in May 2009.
The Department has considered seriously all the recommendations made by Sheriff Mackie. We feel his recommendations regarding regulations and labelling are more than adequately dealt with under the Machinery Directive as well as the General Product Safety Directive. The recommendation relating to raising public awareness about the potential hazards internal blind cords can cause is being taken forward with the blind and shutter industry and others. The Department does not intend to respond formally to the sheriff.