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Factory Inspectors

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment on what basis factory inspectors' time is charged when lecturing on all types of training courses; and if he is satisfied that the general Treasury requirement that fees charged should reflect current costs and be at a level high enough to recover any deficits which may have accumulated since April 1974 is being observed.

The basis may vary according to the type and purpose of particular courses but the prime aim is to recover the full costs of providing the service whenever appropriate. The Health and Safety Commission has a duty under Section 11(2)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to make such arrangements as it considers appropriate for securing that certain organisations and persons concerned with matters relevant to any of the purposes of the Act are provided with an information and advisory service and are kept informed and adequately advised on such matters. This may also be an important factor in varying the basis of a charge.