§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment she has made of the implementation of the EC directive on health and safety in the workplace since 1 January.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The directive was implemented in Great Britain by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Although these came into force on 1 January 1993, they do not take effect in existing workplaces, until 1 January 1996 except where any modification is made to the workplace.719W
In the meantime the Health and Safety Executive will be assessing the implementation of the directive on an informal basis through its day-to-day contacts with industry.