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                          |Number of factory        |Number of resignations in                          

                          |inspectors               |each year                                          


1 July 1975               |557                      |n/a                                                

1 April 1976              |624                      |n/a                                                

1 April 1977              |676                      |n/a                                                

1 April 1978              |695                      |n/a                                                

1 April 1979              |742                      |36                                                 

1 April 1980              |759                      |26                                                 

1 April 1981              |735                      |28                                                 

1 April 1982              |678                      |13                                                 

1 April 1983              |654                      |14                                                 

1 April 1984              |627                      |16                                                 

1 April 1985              |652                      |15                                                 

1 April 1986              |623                      |18                                                 

1 April 1987              |621                      |37                                                 

Mr. Patchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list (a) the total number of registered premises, (b) the total number of employees and (c) the total number of inspections by environmental health officers during the years 1974 to 1987, inclusive.

Mr. Nicholls : This information is only available centrally for enforcement activities by local authorities under health and safety legislation for the years 1981 to 1986-87. Estimated figures from local authority returns are set out below. The figures for premises cover those registered statutorily under Factories Act 1961, Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963, and also those collected informally by the local authorities where no registration requirement exists.

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Year                      |Number of premises       |Number of employees      |Total number of visits<1>                          



1981                      |879,000                  |5.9                      |703,000                                            

1982                      |874,000                  |6.3                      |667,000                                            

1983                      |897,000                  |5.7                      |639,000                                            

1984                      |958,000                  |5.8                      |655,000                                            

1985                      |940,000                  |5.6                      |610,000                                            

1986-87                   |958,000                  |5.8                      |567,000                                            

<1>These figures refer to visits paid by all local authority officers appointed under the HSW Act (these included technical       

assistants, EHOs and specialist health and safety inspectors).                                                                    

Mr. Patchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how frequently environmental health officers inspect workplaces registered under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act.

Mr. Nicholls : There is no requirement to register premises under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and there is no set frequency for inspection.

Mr. Patchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list in the Official Report (a) the total number of workplaces and (b) the total number of Health and Safety Executive workplace inspections for the years 1974 to 1987, inclusive ; (2) if he will give (a) the offences and (b) the fines for each of the 25 prosecutions taken under the 1987 Health and Safety Executive blitz on construction sites.

Mr. Nicholls : I shall write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Patchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the ages of the currently employed factory inspectors.

Mr. Nicholls : The ages of factory inspectors currently employed by the Health and Safety Executive on 30 November 1988 are as follows :



All Grades Aged (22 - 30) |95           

All Grades Aged (31 - 40) |240          

All Grades Aged (41 - 50) |164          

All Grades Aged (51 - 60) |118          

All Grades Aged (61 - 65) |2            


Total                     |619          

Employment Training

Mr. Bermingham : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the implications to the Lancashire Trust for Nature Conservation of the change from the Manpower Services Commission's community programme to employment training ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholls : Following discussions between local officials of the Training Agency and representatives of the

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Lancashire trust for nature conservation, the trust's community programme Seaforth nature reserve project has continued into employment training and is now run by the METAL organisation. Currently all the places on the Seaforth nature reserve project are filled and local officials see no reason why the project should not continue to play a valuable role within employment training.

Employment Act 1988 (Commencement)

Mr. Ian Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has made a commencement order in respect of the remaining provisions of the Employment Act 1988.

Mr. Cope : The Employment Act 1988 (Commencement No. 2) Order has been published today. It provides that section 8 (use of funds for indemnifying unlawful conduct) and sections 19 to 21 (appointment of and assistance from the Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union Members) will come into force on 5 December 1988. Section 15 (independent scrutiny of certain ballots and elections) and related provisions in schedule 3 to the Act will come into force on 1 February 1989.


Mental Illness

Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has taken to ensure that regional health authorities conform to his advice contained in the policy paper on mental illness services, Cmnd 9674, on the retention in mental illness hospitals of patients whose condition is unlikely to improve ; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Currie : The responsibility for assessing and providing in- patient care rests with health authorities. This will include long-stay facilities, in-patient and out-patient work and new developments such as hospital hostels. The main method by which health authorities are held accountable for their work is by annual ministerial review. Mental illness services are included in these reviews.

Look After Your Heart"

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the 95 health authorities which received "Look After Your Heart" grants in the first year of the campaign and the statutory authority under which the Department made such grants.

Mrs. Currie : The list is as follows :

East Cumbria







Aylesbury Vale

West Berkshire




South Bedfordshire



North Birmingham


Isle of Wight

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City and Hackney

West Essex




West Cumbria



North Bedfordshire

West Norfolk and Wisbech

North Tees

Trent RHA and Sheffield DHA

Basildon and Thurrock

West Lambeth

Central Manchester


Southampton and South West Hampshire


East Dorset



Milton Keynes



South West Herts

South Tyneside


Worcester and District

Mid Essex



North Staffordshire

North Derbyshire

West Dorset

Central Nottinghamshire


Mid Downs

East Berkshire



North West Hertfordshire

East Suffolk





South Lincolnshire


East Hertfordshire


Southern Derbyshire


West Birmingham




Central Birmingham


Some health authorities received more than one grant.

The grants were made on behalf of the "Look After Your Heart" campaign by the Health Education Authority under article 3(2)(h) of the Health Education Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Order 1987.

Mentally Ill Patients

Mr. Goodlad : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the amounts provided in (a) the current and (b) the forthcoming year by each health region in England and Wales for bridging funds for local care of patients discharged or excluded from mental hospitals ; how much, in each case, is provided for the long-term patients still to be discharged from hospitals ; and how much for those already discharged from hospital ; and what the amount per patient is in each case.

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Mrs. Currie : I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to him on 28 November 1988 at columns 143-144 . The information relating to Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

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