MPs call for monies from health and safety fines to be re-invested

17 Feb 00
MPs this week called for fines levied against companies who break health and safety rules to be hypothecated to the Health and Safety Executive.

18 February 2000

Members of the environment, transport and regional affairs select committee argued that the money could then be used to improve the executive's work.

Chairman Andrew Bennett said the money was needed to address shortfalls in funding. 'It is clear that in some areas there needs to be some more funding,' he said. Although the HSE is not a government department it receives all its funding centrally.

The report was commissioned by the committee in the wake of last year's Paddington train disaster. Overall, the committee's findings were positive. But it warned the HSE not to be 'complacent' and to prosecute more firms which break health regulations.


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