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Industrial Health and Safety: Criminal Proceedings

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) enforcement notices have been served and (b) prosecutions have been initiated by health and safety inspectors under health and safety at work legislation in each year since 2002-03. (173796)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) The total number of enforcement Notices issued by the HSE—the Health and Safety Executive—since 2002-03 are:

Total number of Notices issued

2002-03

13,324

2003-04

11,335

2004-05

8,471

2005-06

6,593

2006-07

8,071

2007-081

3,885

1 Half year figures.

Figures up to and including 2006-07 are based on published HSE annual statistics, the 2006-07 is the provisional figure.

The 2007-08 figure is the numbers issued in the first half of this year, and this is also a provisional figure.

(b) The total number of prosecutions initiated (i.e. specific charges laid) by HSE since 2002-03 are:

Total number of prosecutions initiated

2002-03

1,659

2003-04

1,720

2004-05

1,320

2005-06

1,056

2006-07

1,141

2007-081

561

1 Half year figures.

Figures up to and including 2006-07 are based on published HSE annual statistics, the 2006-07 is the provisional figure.

The 2007-08 figure is the number of specific charges laid before the courts in the first half of this year, and this is also a provisional figure.