A renewed drive to establish the offence of corporate killing is to belaunched today by MPs from the three main political parties. Andrew Dismore, Labour MP for Hendon, is proposing amendments to theCriminal Justice Bill, designed to get the issue back on the political agenda.He is being backed by unions, safety organisations and fellow MPs. The Government has been promising to introduce the law since 1997, whichwill make it possible to find corporate bodies guilty of manslaughter. A regulatory impact assessment of the proposed law is being carried out, andLord Bassam of Brighton, speaking in the House of Lords, said the Governmentintends to table legislation as soon as it is finished. The changes are being backed by the TUC, Centre for Corporate Accountabilityand pressure group Disaster Action, which are launching a report today on whythe new offence is necessary, to coincide with the meeting of ministers. Owen Tudor, TUC senior policy officer, said: “We hope to create debatein the House of Commons so the amount of support for it will be evident to theGovernment.” A recent report by the HSE said a new offence of corporate killing would actas a powerful deterrent to prevent needless injuries and deaths. However, Diane Sinclair, CIPD lead adviser on public policy, has doubts overthe effectiveness of the proposed law, because companies should already beabiding by health and safety regulations and protecting staff. “Does highlighting bad practice improve others’ practice?” sheasked. Sinclair added that the law already provides for unlimited fines where theyare warranted, as well as the imprisonment of directors and others found to beindividually liable. Comments are closed. MPs breathe life into corporate killing lawOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.