§ Mr. Duncan
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if she will grant exemption from the compulsory wearing of head protection on the lines of the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989, to turban-wearing Sikhs in the non-construction industries to be covered by proposed legislation discussed in the consultative document CD38 issued by the Health and Safety Commission.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to arrange for a general exemption for turban-wearing followers of the Sikh religion from the requirement to wear head protection in the proposed regulations to implement the European directive on the Use of Personal Protective Equipment at Work.