HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc121-2W
24. Miss Boothroyd

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what progress he has made in reducing the delays in processing applications for the approval and certification of equipment by the British Approval Service for electrical equipment in flammable atmospheres.

Mr. Mayhew

To speed up certification work at BASEEFA it is necessary to recruit and train suitably qualified people. Further progress has been made in that direction by engaging five professional staff since October. This is additional to the secondment and recruitment of five staff earlier in the year. The benefits of these measures should be felt once the staff are fully experienced.

Thirty per cent. more certifications were issued in the last quarter of 1979 than in the corresponding quarter of 1978.

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