Health and Safety Laboratory: Profits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Gavin Robinson Gavin Robinson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the level of profit earned by the Health and Safety Laboratory in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), operated as an in-house agency of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) until it was integrated as a major part of HSE’s Science Division in April 2015.

The Science Division does not make a profit. The primary objective is to undertake research and investigations on HSE’s behalf. Revenue is generated through the provision of workplace health and safety research, training and consultancy in order to maintain capability and reduce dependency on taxpayer funding. In line with HM Treasury’s Managing Public Money, all such work is charged on a full cost recovery basis. Revenue generated contributes to the total running cost of HSE.

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