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Health And Safety Executive

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many monitoring visits have been undertaken in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus in each of the last 10 years by the Health and Safety Executive;(2) how many inspections have been undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive in

(a) Scotland and (b) Angus in each of the last 10 years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on current staffing levels in the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland.

On 1 April 1990, 177·5 staff were employed in Scotland by the Health and Safety Executive.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current amount of fees outstanding to the medical division (EMAS) of the Health and Safety Executive for medical examinations.

On 10 May 1990 £8,175 had been outstanding for more than three months in respect of fees for medical examinations carried out by the employment medical advisory service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many former employees of the Health and Safety Executive have been re-employed as consultants by the Health and Safety Executive; what the total costs of such consultants was in fiscal year 1989–90; what is the projection for 1990–91; and what is the average hourly rate of these consultants;(2) what consultancy fees were paid to non-ex-Health and Safety Executive staff in 1989–90 by the Health and Safety Executive; and what is the projection for 1990–91.

Total consultancy fees paid to individuals in 1989–90 by the Health and Safety Executive were £19,787; of which £6,202 (an hourly rate of £22·55p) was to a former HSE employee. Under HSE's devolved budgeting system, recruitment of consultants is decided by divisions according to need, within the limits of their running cost budgets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the profit margin on the recently published Health and Safety Executive annual report; and how many shop floor sales are anticipated at the cover price.

In line with Her Majesty's Treasury rules HSE operates a policy which sets prices for its publications which will recover the full cost of production. A total of 1,300 copies of the 1988–89 report have been sold since its publication in February. It is too early to assess the eventual sales revenue and no information is available about the background of customers, both past and potential, of the publication.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of the administrative staff of the Health and Safety Executive have any formal qualifications in management.

The great majority of officials in these grades are not employed in a managerial capacity. The percentage of administrative staff who are recorded as having formal academic qualifications relevant to management is 3·3.