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Written Question
Trees: Injuries
Wednesday 8th March 2023

Asked by: Earl of Leicester (Conservative - Excepted Hereditary)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask His Majesty's Government how many times a local authority has been brought to court in each year between 2018 and 2022 for cases involving injury due to fallen trees.

Answered by Lord Bellamy - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on the number of defendants prosecuted for offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, between the year ending June 2018 and year ending June 2022 in the Outcomes by Offence data tool: June 2022.

This information can be filtered to ‘Companies, public bodies etc.’, however, whether the defendant was a local authority and whether the offence was in relation to injury due to fallen trees specifically is not held centrally in the Court Proceedings Database. This information may be held on court records but to examine individual court records would be of disproportionate cost.