§ Mr. Hayward
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has reached conclusions on the future location of the railway inspectorate.
§ Mr. Parkinson
I have now completed my consultations with my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Employment and the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission. It has been agreed that an agency agreement should be made with the commission for the discharge of my railway safety functions and for the transfer of the railway inspectorate to the Health and Safety Executive, where its identity would be maintained. These arrangements will come into effect in the autumn.