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Government to review health and safety laws

Conservative peer Lord Young of Graffham will lead a government-wide review into health and safety laws and the growth of the “compensation culture”, the Prime Minister today announced.

David Cameron has appointed the former trade and industry secretary to introduce a “sensible new approach” to the workplace, addressing worries over the “application and perception” of health and safety laws.

Mr Cameron said: “I’m very pleased that Lord Young has agreed to lead this important review. The rise of compensation culture over the last 10 years is a real concern, as is the way health and safety rules are sometimes applied. We need a sensible new approach that makes clear these laws are intended to protect people, not overwhelm businesses with red tape. I look forward to receiving Lord Young’s recommendations on how we can best achieve that.”

Lord Young, who served as cabinet minister David Young during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership, said he wanted to “reintroduce an element of common sense” and “focus the regulation” where it is most needed. He is expected to report back in the summer.

Work and Pensions minister Chris Grayling said: “It is important that we review health and safety regulation so that while people are protected at work, there isn’t a burden on business and people can still use their common sense without fearing they are breaking the law.”