HC Deb 17 February 1978 vol 944 cc400-1W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will now answer the Question put to him by the hon. Member for Bedford, Official Report, 26th January 1977, c. 633–4; and why it has taken him over one year to deal with the issues involved.

Mr. John Grant

I have been asked to reply.

I have now received from the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission the answers to the hon. Member's Question in the form of a report prepared by the Health and Safety Executive, and considering it with my ministerial colleagues concerned, with a view to its early publication and laying before the House.

I am informed by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that completion of the report has taken until now because it has been a complex and protracted exercise that necessitated consultation with a number of Government Departments, the nationalised industries, and others.