§ Mr. John Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the Health and Safety Executive's latest annual report.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The report of the Health and Safety Commission and Executive was published on 26 February. Latest provisional statistics for 1988–89 published in the report show an apparent levelling off of major injuries, which we very much welcome. But the number of fatalities, which include those from the Piper Alpha disaster, and high or increasing injury rates in particular industries demonstrate that there is not room for any relaxation of effort by industry to improve standards.