HC Deb 08 November 1977 vol 938 cc56-7W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will now introduce legislation to provide sanctions against any employer who exposes his work force to sound levels exceeding 85 dba.

Mr. John Grant

I am informed by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the Commission has agreed in principle that occupational noise legislation is needed.

The Health and Safety Executive is preparing proposals for noise legislation taking account of the views of the Noise Working Party, whose membership includes TUC, CBI and independent members who are authorities in the field.

At this stage, I cannot say what noise limit the Commission will propose to the Secretary of State.