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Convictions: Industrial Health and Safety

Attorney-General written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to improve the rate of conviction of those involved in failure to comply with health and safety requirements at work.

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

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HSE applies its Enforcement Policy Statement, Enforcement Management Model and the Code for Crown Prosecutors when taking decisions on when to bring a prosecution. This resulted in a conviction rate of 94% in 2010-11. This is a good record, and in order to maintain the quality of enforcement decisions, HSE conducts a rolling programme of regulatory decision making peer reviews. Whether or not a person or company is successfully convicted is a matter for the court having heard the evidence presented.

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