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Factory Inspectors (Dundee)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workplaces in Dundee and Tayside have been inspected by factory inspectors in each year since 1976; what percentage of the total number of factories in both areas this represents; and how many violations of the Factories Act were discovered.

I am advised by the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that this information is not available without making special counts from a large number of documents. Following reorganisation of the Factory Inspectorate in 1976, Dundee and Tayside have been inspected as part of the Scotland East area, and local figures of this kind are no longer kept. The Health and Safety Executive's computer project will make information about the number of workplaces and the number of visits paid by factory inspectors in each local authority available in due course. Details are not kept of the numbers of violations discovered by HM factory inspectorate.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many factory inspectors are employed by the Health and Safety Commission in Dundee and Tayside.

Four inspectors are permanently stationed in Dundee. Some of their work is outside Tayside region, but inspectors from other groups in Scotland and East area inspect workplaces in particular industries in Dundee and Tayside.