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Health And Safety

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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59.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what priority he accords to reliance on self-regulation in maintaining health and safety at the workplace.

Self-regulation is fundamental to the operation of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The Health and Safety Commission itself includes representatives of employers and employees as well as local authorities, and its proposals for regulations and codes are based on extensive consultation with those affected by them. Employers are responsible under the Act for applying its general provisions to their work force and for preparing written health and safety policies, and are subject to such inspection as the commission considers generally appropriate.

85.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make available the

1. Location and address of HSE HQs, area offices and research and laboratory services division sites
LocationAddress
Headquarters
LondonBaynards House, 1 Chepstow Place, London, W2
MerseysideStanley Precinct, Bootle, Merseyside
Area offices
01 South WestInter City House, Mitchell Lane, Victoria Street, Bristol
02 SouthPriestley House, Priestley Road, Basingstoke
03 South East3 East Grinstead House, London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex
041South EastChancel House, Neasden Lane, London, NW10
051 London NorthMaritime House, 1 Linton Road, Barking, Essex
061 London South1 Long Lane, London SE1
07 East Anglia39 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex
08 North Home Counties14 Cardiff Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
09 East MidlandsBelgrave House, 1 Greyfriars, Northampton
10 West MidlandsMcLaren Building, 2 Masshose Circus, Queensway, Birmingham
11 WalesBrunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff
12 MarchesThe Marches House, Midway, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
13 North MidlandsBirkbeck House, Trinity Square, Nottingham
14 South YorkshireSovereign House, 40 Silver Street, Sheffield
15 West and North Yorkshire8 St. Pauls Street, Leeds
16 Greater ManchesterQuay House, Quay Street, Manchester
17 MerseysideThe Triad, Stanley Road, Bootle
18 North WestVictoria House, Ormskirk Road, Preston
19 North EastArden House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
20 Scotland EastBelford House, 59 Belford Road, Edinburgh
21 Scotland West314 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow
Research and Laboratory Services Division
London403–405 Edgware Road, London, NW2
BuxtonHarpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire
SheffieldBroad Lane, Sheffield
1 Areas 04, 05 and 06 under command of Senior Area Director in Area 06. Inspectors and support staff cover all three locations.
Posts in the health and safety executive
1 January in each year
Location19781979198019811982198319841985198619871988
Headquarters1,3401,3621,3491,3051,2661,3161,3411,3691,3821,4091,369
Areas
0112812813012210510110095939191
026867796659636576747671
038710410911510610110499929591
047257705650474651292723
055750496459577450666458
061031079385827972707475
077068696761575973767361
08108135134129120108108969310192

research study on the Health and Safety Executive carried out by the socio-legal studies department at Wolfson college, Oxford.

The research study by the centre for socio-legal studies at Wolfson college into aspects of policy and enforcement is not yet complete. A decision on its eventual publication is a matter for the centre.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the location, address and staff complement of each Health and Safety Executive office in the United Kingdom in each year since 1978.

The location, address and staff complement since 1978 for the Health and Safety Executive's headquarters, each area and for each research and laboratory services division site is as follows. It is not possible to show separately those staff located in sub-offices or outstationed. These staff are included in the appropriate area office total.

1 January in each year

Location

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

0910410310610397909485838787
1018517317616314813512711710810397
11169166174169146130129123118120109
1210910911010398929187828585
138387879682767288828781
1410194898779767985828175
15168195202188167159152134131137122
l6149144139134126120120101929592
176569676859576166697062
187069647066646574737164
191261161161161111059794919377
20128152155151140138134114107106106
2110478767468625973697071
Field total2,2542,2712,2942,2262,0291,9171,8881,8521,7801,8061,690
Research and laboratory services576593575535544503489490477482442
Posts in house4,1704,2264,2184,0663,8393,7363,7183,7113,6393,6973,501

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report for (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom the number of prosecutions for alleged breaches of the Health and safety at Work etc. Act, and the number of custodial sentences imposed as a result of those prosecutions in each year since 1978.

(a) The table shows the available information for Scotland.

Number of prosecutions: informations laid by Factory and Agricultural Inspectors
YearNumber
1981183
1982243
1983259
1984218
1985298
1986–871251
1 Provisional data for the 12 month period April 1986 to March 1987.

(b) The table shows the available information for Great Britain.

Number of prosecutions: informations laid

Year

2 3

4

5

19782,603
19792,427
19802,624
19811,892
19822,342
19832,2382,230
19842,2072,196
19852,3132,196
1986–872,1752,140

2 Data include prosecutions taken by Factory and Agricultural Inspectorate, Explosives Inspectorate, Her Majesty's Mines and Quarries Inspectorate, Railway Inspectorate and the Petroleum Engineering Division of the Department of Energy, but exclude the Pollution Inspectorate (formerly the Industrial Air Pollution Inspectorate).

3 Figures in both tables exclude the results of prosecutions taken by Local Authorities. The latest information for Local authorities (LAs) relates to 1985, for which we know of about 250 informations laid under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and 200 under other associated legislation in Great Britain as a whole.

4 Factory and Agricultural Inspectorate only.

5 Factory Inspectorate only.

(c) In 1985, one person was given a suspended prison sentence of one month, and in 1987 one person was given two suspended prison sentences of nine months (to run consecutively). These sentences related to offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and associated legislation. None of them occurred in Scotland.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the average fine handed out for offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act for (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom in each year since 1978.

The average fine for prosecutions taken by the Health and Safety Executive's Factory and Agricultural Inspectorate for breach of health and safety laws in (a) Scotland and (b) Great Britain since 1978 is as follows:

YearAverage fine (£)
(a) Scotland(b) Great Britain
1978+1134
1979+184
1980+180
1981154189
1982168233
1983182252
1984301304
1985316426
21986–87354427
Notes:
+ Not Available.
1 Factory Inspectorate only.
2 Provisional.
Figures for Northern Ireland are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.