HC Deb 28 June 1988 vol 136 cc184-5W
Mr. Skinner

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to the answer of 27 May,Official Report, column 392, when he expects to be in a position to lay before Parliament the first sets of regulations designed to replace the Mines and Quarries Act 1954; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholls

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State expects to receive very soon from the Health and Safety Commission the first two sets of regulations which they have approved in the programme to renew the safety legislation relating to mines and quarries. They deal respectively with safety of exit from mines and the use of explosives at quarries. He hopes to bring them before Parliament shortly thereafter.