Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the policy of the chief inspector of factories as to whether health and safety at work cases should be prosecuted in magistrates courts or Crown courts.
Mr. Nicholls : It is a decision for magistrates courts whether a case should be committed on indictment to the Crown court. Health and Safety Executive inspectors can make representations asking for committal, and will normally do so where they consider a particularly serious offence has been committed, or where the case seems of national significance.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of factories and other places of work for which the Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ; how many of these have been basically inspected by the factory inspectorate in each of the last four years ; and how many have received no inspection in the last (a) five, (b) seven, (c) nine and (d) 11 or more years.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the names of those companies which are currently in breach of the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards (CIMAH) Regulations 1984 by not having submitted a full safety case under regulation 7 to the Health and Safety Executive by 30 June.
Mr. Nicholls : No. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) does not make publicly available the names of companies which may not have complied with health and safety and other related legislation unless enforcement notices have been served which have implications for the safety of the public. Details of these are available on the publicly accessible registers kept at HSE's local area offices.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any figures which indicate, on a comparable basis, the frequency of factory inspections in each of the European Community countries.
Evidence on these issues was given by the Health and Safety Commission to the Employment Select Committee and this is recorded in the minutes of evidence for 28 January 1987, "The Work of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive", House of Commons paper 164, part 1, which is available in the House Library.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he has any indication of when a common standard and frequency of factory inspection will be established throughout the European Community countries ;
(2) what representations he has received seeking the establishment of a common standard and frequency of factory inspection throughout the European Community countries.
Mr. Nicholls : I am aware of concern about consistency of enforcement standards in the European Community, from various contacts with both sides of United Kingdom industry. I share the view of the Health and Safety Commission, in its latest plan of work, on the need to ensure that Community legislation is implemented and enforced in an even-handed way in all member states. There is no quick or easy solution ; the United Kingdom will take every opportunity--in relevant contacts with the Community institutions and with other member states--to promote greater attention to the issue.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) in which newspapers, periodicals and so on, and at what cost, the post of deputy director general of the Health and Safety Executive was advertised ;
(2) who were the members of the interview panel which interviewed candidates for the post of deputy director general of the Health and Safety Executive.
The appointment was made by the commission with the approval of the Secretary of State for Employment, after consultation with the director general of the Health and Safety Executive, and on terms approved by the Minister for the Civil Service, as is the case with any appointment of a member of the executive. The commission is well acquainted with Mr. Eves' qualifications and talents.
Mr. Nicholls : A formal professional management qualification is not a prerequisite for appointment to the post of area director. They are all given appropriate training to ensure that they have the management skills necessary to perform their duties. There are currently 20 area directors employed by the Health and Safety Executive ; 20 per cent. hold formal professional management qualifications.
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of the field force of (a) doctors and (b) nurses, employed by the medical division of the Health and Safety Executive are aged 50 years and over.
Mr. Leighton : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the contents of "Health and Safety--an alternative report on the work of the Health and Safety Executive in 1988" produced by the Institution of Professional Civil Servants.
Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each year since 1979, the numbers of people disqualified from unemployment benefit by (a) occupation, (b) age and (c) length of disqualification both in total and as a percentage of those receiving such benefit.
Local authorities participating in employment training as training managers --
County Councils in England
Isle of Wight
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kingston upon Thames (Royal)
Metropolitan District Councils in England
Newcastle upon Tyne
District Councils in England
Chester le Street
Epsom and Ewell
Kingston upon Hull