Supplementary memorandum by the Health
and Safety Executive (P 11A)
Thank you for the letter dated 22 March requesting
further information concerning conviction rates for prosecutions
of ports and other relevant companies undertaken by HSE.
My apologies for the slight delay in forwarding
this to you, but we had to run various checks to ensure the information
is completely accurate. The information is as follows:
Under SIC 63220, "Supporting services to
water transport", 14 prosecutions under health and safety
at work legislation have been heard in court for the four year
period from 1 April 1996 to 31 March 2000. The 14 defendants were
found guilty on 22 of 24 informations laid, the remaining two
informations being withdrawn as alternatives.
Under SICs 6110061202 "Water transport",
during the same period, three charges concerning work in docks
have been heard against a further three defendants. All three
defendants were found guilty of the charges against them.
Thus every defendant over the last four years
up to March 2000 has been convicted on at least one charge and
of the 27 charges taken, two were withdrawn as alternatives, and
none were lost.
When we spoke on Wednesday, you indicated the
Committee might appreciate some further comment on how HSE approaches
casualisation issues. I am collating some information, and will
write again shortly. We would, however, like to thank the Committee
for inviting us to attend and give oral evidence in support of
our written memorandum.
I hope this is helpful.
Head of Marine Policy
29 March 2001