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Union fights for corporate killing bill

TRANSPORT union TGWU is hoping to reignite the campaign for corporate killing legislation through a private members' bill in the House of Commons.

TGWU construction secretary Bob Blackman will give a presentation on the issue to the union's 88-strong group of MPs at Westminster next week.

The Government quashed union hopes of a corporate killing bill last November when it left out proposals for legislation from the Queen's Speech.

Mr Blackman said: 'The Government is committed to corporate killing legislation in its manifesto, but the consultation has gone on for a very, very long time and we want to see it back on the agenda.

'The reality is that we have got to have this urgently.'

If chosen by the ballot, an MP will present the bill during the next session of parliament.

The move would allow corporate killing to be debated in parliament, but any proposals are unlikely to become law as the vast majority of private members' bills fail through lack of Government support and parliamentary time.

The initiative came as a report commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive was released on the potential effects of new corporate manslaughter laws.