HC Deb 09 July 1985 vol 82 cc418-9W
60. Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will introduce new measures to seek to reduce the number of fairground accidents; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

I am concerned about the serious accidents that have happened at fairgrounds in recent weeks. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to fairgrounds. The code of safe practice at fairs, which was published last April, gives clear and comprehensive guidance to fairground operators and others on what the act requires of them. The code is being used to considerable effect to raise safety standards. Its provisions enable the Act to be readily enforced where necessary. New measures are not being proposed at present.