§ Mr. Mayhew
The Health and Safety Commission has submitted proposals for regulations to me for approval on the following topics, recommending that they be implemented as soon as possible or on the dates indicatedAmendment of the Agriculture (Tractor Cabs) Regulations Amendment of the Coal and Other Mines (Fire and Rescue) RegulationsAnimal Products (Metrication) LeasingArrangements (1 October 1980)Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences (1 January 1981)
I am advised that the commission is also considering proposals for regulations and/or approved codes of practice on the following topics which have not yet reached the stage of submission to Ministers for approval with specific proposals for implementation dates:Amendment to the Health and Safety (Agriculture) (Poisonous Substances) Regulations (consultative documents to be issued shortly)Amendment to the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) RegulationsAmendment to the lists of Scheduled Works and Noxious or Offensive GasesAsbestos Insulation and Sprayed CoatingsCelluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 ExemptionsDangerous Pathogens (Notification)Dangerous Substances (Conveyance by Road)Diving at WorkFees and Charges for Statutory ApprovalsFees for Statutory Medical ExaminationsFirst AidHazardous Installations (Notification and Survey)Home workersImplementation of International Convention for Safe ContainersIonising RadiationsLeadPetroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 (Conveyance by Road Exemptions)Pressurised SystemsSafety SignsVarious Proposals for Metrication of Existing Legislation
Regular information on specific matters which the commission is considering is made available in the Health and Safety Commission Newsletter issued every two 203W months. Copies will be placed in the Library.
§ Mr. Cryer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment, in view of the Prime Minister's statement of 13 May on the reduction by 75,000 of the Civil Service, what effect the cuts will have on the Health and Safety Executive, with special reference to the anticipated cuts in the ranks of qualified health and safety inspectors and support staff.
§ Mr. Mayhew
My right hon. Friend has informed the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission of the Government's intentions to reduce Civil Service manpower further. The apportionment of these cuts within the Department of
Employees in employment Textile industry(1) Thousands Clothing & footwear industry 1978 1979 1978 1979 United Kingdom … … 443 430 426 429 Belgium … … … 76 72(e) 61 56(e) Denmark … … … 15(2) … 21(2) … France … … … 313 309(e) 330 333(e) Germany (FR) … … 349 338(e) 361 357(e) Irish Republic … … 18 19 19 20 Italy … … … 563(e) 547(e) 388(e) … Luxembourg … … … …(3) … …(3) … Netherlands … … … 39 … 33 …
(1) Not including manufacture of man-made fibres
(3) Figures not available for the two industries separately. In 1977 there were 800 employees in Luxembourg for the textile and clothing and footwear industries combined.
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