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MPs attack softer asbestos regs

THE HEALTH and Safety Commission's plans to relax regulations on asbestos removal came under fire from MPs during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons last week.

The changes to allow non-licensed contractors to remove textured decorative coatings were attacked amid fears they could put workers, home owners and families at risk.

Lib Dem MP for Rochdale Paul Rowen said: 'I am in no doubt that the directive is a cost-cutting measure that will, if implemented, result in some tragic consequences.' The debate ? held on the last day of the 12 week consultation period ? followed an early day motion posted by Labour MP Michael Clapham that attracted the support of over 100 MPs.

The debate also questioned the research behind the HSC's proposed changes. Mr Clapham said: 'Certain experts say that the research on which the proposal is based is f lawed.

'That will be the major plank in my argument that the minister should press for the standards to remain as they are and should decline to accept the proposals.'

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