To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will express the number of visits made by factory inspectors in the north-east in 1986–87 as a proportion of the total number of factories in the area.
It is not possible without disproportionate cost to separate the number of visits made to factories from those made to other premises where the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is enforced by HSE's factory inspectorate.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many factory inspectors were in post in each of the five years in the north-east region; and how many of the anticipated increase in the number of factory inspectors will be located in the north-east region.
The number of factory inspectors in the Health and Safety Executive's north-east area over the past five years is as follows: