Fracking: Safety

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of full-time equivalent staff required by the Health and Safety Executive in order for it to perform its role as a regulator of hydraulic fracturing in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18, (e) 2018-19 and (f) 2019-2020.

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

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has sufficient resource to regulate the development of shale gas in the current exploratory stage. HSE continues to review its level of staffing to ensure the level of resourcing is appropriate relevant to the volume of hydraulic fracturing activity being undertaken.

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