§ Sir Bernard Braine
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many of the installations classified as major industrial hazards in the United Kingdom are 129W located in Essex; if he will name them; on what criteria such classification rests; and when it is intended to review the list.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
We are informed by the Health and Safety Commission that 43 installations in Essex had been notified to the Health and Safety Executive by 31 December 1984 under the Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances Regulations 1982. Section 28 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act prevents the Health and Safety Executive from providing a list of names and locations, but the executive is prepared to discuss with any hon. Member informally the position in his or her constituency. The notified installations are defined on the basis of their potential to cause a major accident (which might also have effects off-site), in terms of substances, or groups of substances, and inventories. The list of installations is under continuous review.