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Industrial Health And Safety Centre

Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people visited the Industrial Health and Safety Centre in each of the last 10 years.

[pursuant to his reply, 9 May 1980, c. 252–53]: The recorded number of visitors to the Health and Safety Centre in the period 1970 to 1979 were:

197022,018
197125,099
197221,862
197320,422

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are at present in apprenticeships in the engineering, foundry and engineering construction trades; how many of these are supported by the Government grants or awards; and how these numbers compare with each of the last five years.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 May 1980, c. 691–92]: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that reliable information can be given only in respect of the craft and technician apprentices recruited by firms in scope to the engineering industry training board and its foundry industry training committee and who follow approved courses of training.The figures are as follows for mainstream engineering:and those supported by Governmerit grants are as follows:

197422,823
197521,096
197627,002
197727,181
197827,850
197926,541

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what methods of bringing relevant information to the public are comparable to the work carried out at the Industrial Health and Safety Centre in Horseferry Road; and what proposals he has for ensuring that such methods are fully utilised following the closure of the centre.

[pursuant to his reply, 9 May 1980, c. 252–53]: The Health and Safety Executive participates in a programme of major industrial trade shows and exhibitions and has an increasing stock of safety films. These activities are used to convey information to specific audience groups about occupational health and safety hazards.A wide and expanding range of publications is available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office bookshops or agents. General information services in headquarters and area offices, including a substantial press service, provide ample flow of health and safety information.The HSE has steadily improved the standard of its information services and it is expected that this development will continue.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the numbers of people employed by the Health and Safety Commission in the provision of information services, categorised by rank; and what is the cost of the provision of such services.

[pursuant to his reply, 9 May 1980, c. 252–53]: The numbers of people employed by the Health and Safety Commission in the provision of information services are as follows:

Information Officers22
Graphics Officers24
Photographers14
Printing Grades15
Librarians13
Scientific & Technical10
Museum Grades8
Executive8
Clerical27
Typing11
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The latest available estimate of the annual cost of the provision of such services is £2·5 million, which includes the salaries of the staff shown, their support cost, and provision for such items as films and exhibitions.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment on how many occasions during the last 12 months television time was bought for informing the public about occupational health and safety hazards; and what was the cost.

[pursuant to his reply, 9 May 1980, c. 252–53]: Television time has not been bought for this purpose during the last 12 months.Television has used HSE material on a number of occasions during the last year to inform the general public about occupational health and safety hazards, but this time has been provided free of charge.