HC Deb 23 January 1998 vol 304 cc710-1W
Sir Sydney Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for what reasons the Safety Assessment Federation and CEOC have not been invited to participate in the International Conference on the Importance of Good Design and Manufacture of Machinery in Improving Safety in the Workplace to be held by his Department in April. [25029]

Angela Eagle

Registration forms for the 'Safety by Design' Conference, should be available in early February. Copies will be sent to the Safety Assessment Federation and CEOC. I hope that they will apply for registration and participate in the Conference, which will be in Manchester on 29–30 April.

The Conference is aimed at an international audience and industry: Speakers reflect that audience. The role of conformity assessment and the involvement of Notified Bodies in securing high levels of safety on machinery will be addressed by the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment and an official from the European Commission who has specific responsibility for this area of work.

I hope that the hon. Member will join me in wishing this important conference, which is being run as part of the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Council of Ministers, every success.