HC Deb 08 March 1983 vol 38 cc370-1W
32. Sir Albert Costain

asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he next plans to meet the chairman of the Health and Safety Executive to discuss further measures to protect against the incidence of asbestosis.

Mr. Gummer

We are in regular contact with the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission about the measures the commission is taking and proposes to take to protect workers against the incidence of asbestosis.

Last summer, my right hon. Friend welcomed proposals for a number of new measures; the licensing of work with asbestos insulation and coating; for the prohibition of asbestos insulation, of the spraying of asbestos, and of the importation and use of crocidolite (blue asbestos); for the reductions in the control limits for exposure to asbestos at the workplace; and for reviews of the medical evidence and developments in control relating to asbestos. The new control limits came into effect on 1 January this year and the other initiatives are being pursued urgently by the commission.

In addition, I understand that proposals for legislation covering further new controls on asbestos recommended by the advisory committee on asbestos are in preparation and will be published for consultation in due course.