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Health And Safety Executive

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if the Health and Safety Executive has curtailed travelling by Health and Safety Executive inspectors in the current financial year due to a shortage of funds.

[pursuant to his reply, 30 January 1980]: There has been some curtailment of travelling in some Health and Safety Executive inspectorates due to increases in the costs of travelling not been fully covered by increased funds and to the need to economise in the use of fuel. However, Health and Safety Executive inspectors have been urged to achieve the maximum economy in travelling expenses when planning and carrying out their inspectorial duties.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the provisions in factory legislation which make specific reference to the district inspector of factories by either authorising him to grant exemptions or requiring employers to serve notice on him; and if he is satisfied that every inspector appointed is competent to handle every reference.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 January 1980, c. 23–24]: I am sending a copy of a list of such provisions to the hon. Member.I am satisfied that administrative arrangements ensure that the decision on every reference is made by an inspector competent to make it.