HC Deb 27 July 1999 vol 336 c336W
Mr. Alan Simpson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for what reasons improvement and prohibition notices or other material has been placed in the public viewing room of the HSE offices in Basingstoke since 1993. [93274]

Mr. Meale

Under the requirements of the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988 HSE maintains at its field offices, including the one at Basingstoke, public registers of information on improvement and prohibition notices having public safety or environmental implications. These registers have been kept since 1 April 1989 and notices remain on the public register for at least three years. Information on other notices is available on request.

HSE offices also keep public registers of hazardous sites such as sites licensed under the Explosives Act 1875 or those subject to the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1984, the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987, the Fire Certificate Special Premises Regulations 1976.

Public access to other information held by HSE is made on request under the requirements of the "Code of Practice on Access to Government Information" or the Environmental Information Regulations 1992.