Lords reject attempts to remove civil liability for breach of health & safety legislation
The House of Lords has rejected the Government’s plan to remove civil liability for a breach of health and safety legislation. On 6 March, The House narrowly voted in favour of the removal of Clause 62(3) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. The clause was defeated by two votes, with 225 in favour and 223 against!
The Bill will be sent back to the Commons shortly where it is anticipated that the Government may attempt to reintroduce some form of amendment aimed at tackling “strict” liability, a concept that Professor Lofstedt identified in his 2011 Report as being potentially unreasonable and at odds with the original intention behind the legislation.
The issue is clearly going to run and I’ll post an update on any future developments.