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Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time inspectors are employed in the Health and Safety Executive's asbestos division; and how many he expects to be employed in that division in each of the next five years.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) does not have an 'Asbestos Division' per se. However, relevant HSE inspectors are all appropriately trained and possess the necessary skills and competence to be able to deal with asbestos during any interventions they may undertake. Should specialist resource be required, this is also available within HSE.

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