§ Mr. Key
The vehicle inspectorate already complies with health and safety legislation, but, under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, as a Crown body, it is immune from prosecution. If the testing activities of the inspectorate were transferred to a private sector employer, that immunity would be removed. My right hon. Friend will not reach a firm decision on the future of vehicle inspectorate testing until he has had an opportunity to consider a report by external consultants on the scope for transfer to the private sector, and consulted those trades unions concerned on his provisional conclusions.