§ 34. Mr. Olner
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what proposals he has to improve health and safety in the workplace. [R] 
§ Mr. Meale
The Government are working with the Health and Safety Commission and Executive to improve health and safety in the workplace. The Health and Safety Commission will shortly be submitting a three-year strategic plan to the Government. My right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment met the Commission recently to discuss the Plan. It will be published in May and copies will be placed in the House Library. The Government are providing an extra £13 million in running costs to the Commission next year, and a further £23 million and £27 million for the following two years to enable the Commission and Executive to increase their efforts still further. This signals our strong commitment to improving health and safety standards.