Industrial Health and Safety

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the level of variation of health and safety regulations between local authorities and of the effect of such variation on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has ongoing discussions with local authorities (LA) in respect of their regulation of health and safety, including an annual statistical return. The most recent assessment for 2013/14 and comparisons with previous years showed a continued move towards a greater consistency in approach by local authorities.

The national activity and variation between local authorities is reported to the HSE/LA Enforcement Liaison Committee, published on the HSE website and used by local authorities in bench marking and peer review processes.

No assessment has been made of the effect of any variation on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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