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HSE: CDM revisions will come into force

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THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) this week insisted that the Construction (Design and Management) 2007 regulations will come into force on Friday despite opposition from clients and the Conservative Party.

The HSE said the regulations, a revision of CDM 1994, had been signed off by health and safety minister Lord McKenzie of the Department for Work and Pensions and would come into force as planned.

But lobbyists vowed to continue their battle against the new rules, which they claim place an unfair burden of risk on clients (NCE, 29 March, page 6).

The revised regulations can only be revoked by a ministerial vote in the House of Commons, which will only happen if the Delegated Legislation Committee recommends that they be overturned.

The Forum for Private Business (FPB) said it would lobby the Conservatives to table a debate in the House if the committee refused to do so. The motion would ask the Queen to overturn the legislation but would still need a majority vote in the House.

PB campaigns manager Victoria Carson said: 'The proposed changes must be halted and additional liabilities on smaller businesses must be properly assessed as a better regulation issue.'

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