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Health And Safety Executive

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many inspectors there were in the Health and Safety Executive on 1 December 1979, 1 January 1980 and 1 December 1989, in the agriculture, general factory, specialist factory, explosives, industrial air pollution, mines and quarries, and nuclear inspectorates; and what was the total number of Health and Safety Executive inspectors on each of these dates.

The total number of inspectors in (a) the Health and Safety Executive's inspectorates; and (b) the total number of inspectors in HSE on 1 December 1979, 1 January 1980 and 1 December 1989 were as follows:

1 December 19791 January 19801 December 1989
(a) Total inspectors in Inspectorates
Agricultural188188162
Factory709·5703·5582
Specialist1211210184·5
Explosives1131311
Industrial Air Pollution24848
Mines and Quarries3115114
Mines13
Quarries47
Nuclear Installations9392150
(b) Total inspectors in HSE11,449·51,442·51,221·5

1 Specialist inspectors (including Explosives inspectors) are currently in HSE's Technology Division. Prior to 1 July 1985 specialists formed part of HSE's Factory Inspectorate.

2 Industrial Air Pollution Inspectorate transferred to the Department of the Environment on 1 April 1987.

3 On 1 October 1989 the Mines and Quarries Inspectorates were separated.

4 Include those working outside their Inspectorates on eg line management duties, contributing to policy or technical standards work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how much money was received by the Health and Safety Executive for each financial year since 1979; and how much was asked for by the Health and Safety Executive in each of those years.

Gross financial provision to the Health and Safety Commission for each financial year since 1979, expressed at 1989–90 price levels, is as follows:

£(000)s
1979–80108,363
1980–81121,934
1981–82122,363
1982–83118,265
1983–84122,426
1984–85119,576
1985–86119,000
1986–87116,315
1987–88117,718
1988–89117,086
1989–90118,290
Figures have been adjusted for purposes of comparison, to remove provision during 1981–82 to 1984–85 for HSE's dispersal to Bootle and provision for the industrial air pollutant inspectorate until it was transferred to the Department of the Environment in 1987.Discussions regarding funding for the Health and Safety Commission are confidential and take place in the context of the annual public expenditure survey.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of staff employed by the Health and Safety Executive on 1 December 1979., 1 January 1980 and 1 December 1989.

The total number of staff, including casuals, employed by the Health and Safety Executive on 1 December 1979, 1 January 1980 and 1 December 1989 was as follows:

1 December 19791 January 19801 December 1989
4,2264,206·53,682