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Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average age of inspectors in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; and how many are due for retirement over the next five years.

The average age of inspectors in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate is 46, and 22 inspectors will reach the minimum retirement age over the next five years.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what success the recently concluded recruitment drive has had in obtaining recruits to fill the 22 vacancies in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; and how many vacancies are still outstanding.

A recruitment competition was held at the end of last year and there were five successful candidates, of whom four have since declined appointment. The number of vacancies in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate is currently 17.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how the shortage of inspectors in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate is affecting inspections of nuclear installations; and if he will publish a table giving the average number of inspections per installation, per annum, from 1970 to 1979.

The current shortage of inspectors in the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate has led to some reduction in inspection effort, but all essential inspection activities are being maintained by reallocation of resources as necessary.

The table of information requested for licensed nuclear sites, is as follows:

Year

Total number of inspection visits completed

Average number of inspections per installation

197043520·8
197158420·1
197264821·6
197376825·6
197481227·1
197574224·7
197682126·5
197773423·7
197875024·2
197966821·6