§ Mr. Ian McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the Health and Safety Commission's current review of the legislation on asbestos will be completed; and when its conclusions will be published. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
The Health and Safety Commission undertook a wide-ranging review of health and safety legislation including asbestos legislation in 1993–94, the results of which were published in 1994. As a result of the review, HSC published a discussion document in May 1996 on the future of the lead and asbestos regulations and is currently considering the responses received. It is expected that HSC will complete this work in 1997, and will issue a consultative document on any legislative changes it considers are needed as soon as possible thereafter.