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.
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|
|London||Baynards House, 1 Chepstow Place, London, W2|
|Merseyside||Stanley Precinct, Bootle, Merseyside|
|01 South West||Inter City House, Mitchell Lane, Victoria Street, Bristol|
|02 South||Priestley House, Priestley Road, Basingstoke|
|03 South East||3 East Grinstead House, London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex|
|041South East||Chancel House, Neasden Lane, London, NW10|
|051 London North||Maritime House, 1 Linton Road, Barking, Essex|
|061 London South||1 Long Lane, London SE1|
|07 East Anglia||39 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex|
|08 North Home Counties||14 Cardiff Road, Luton, Bedfordshire|
|09 East Midlands||Belgrave House, 1 Greyfriars, Northampton|
|10 West Midlands||McLaren Building, 2 Masshose Circus, Queensway, Birmingham|
|11 Wales||Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff|
|12 Marches||The Marches House, Midway, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire|
|13 North Midlands||Birkbeck House, Trinity Square, Nottingham|
|14 South Yorkshire||Sovereign House, 40 Silver Street, Sheffield|
|15 West and North Yorkshire||8 St. Pauls Street, Leeds|
|16 Greater Manchester||Quay House, Quay Street, Manchester|
|17 Merseyside||The Triad, Stanley Road, Bootle|
|18 North West||Victoria House, Ormskirk Road, Preston|
|19 North East||Arden House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|20 Scotland East||Belford House, 59 Belford Road, Edinburgh|
|21 Scotland West||314 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow|
|Research and Laboratory Services Division|
|London||403–405 Edgware Road, London, NW2|
|Buxton||Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire|
|Sheffield||Broad 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|
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
|Research and laboratory services||576||593||575||535||544||503||489||490||477||482||442|
|Posts in house||4,170||4,226||4,218||4,066||3,839||3,736||3,718||3,711||3,639||3,697||3,501|
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|
|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
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:
|Year||Average fine (£)|
|(a) Scotland||(b) Great Britain|
|+ Not Available.|
|1 Factory Inspectorate only.|