HC Deb 26 March 1996 vol 274 c543W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the training and qualification requirements for mechanics undertaking maintenance work(a) on railway rolling stock and (b) aircraft. [21773]

Mr. Watts

The Railway (Safety Critical Work) Regulations 1994 underpin general health and safety duties and require employers to ensure that employees are fit and competent to carry out maintenance work. The detailed training and qualification requirements necessary for undertaking maintenance work on railway rolling stock are a matter for the railway operator to decide.

Details of the training, qualifications and licensing requirements for aircraft maintenance engineers are given in civil aviation publication No. 468, "British Civil Airworthiness Requirements, Section L—Aircraft Engineers". I will arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.