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Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of the Health and Safety Executive’s retention and recruitment plans covering policy capacity when it moves to a single headquarters. (207273)

Through recruitment of new staff to the single headquarters in Bootle, retention of key London staff through the transition period, flexibility to adapt the pace of change to any emerging pressures and continual senior management oversight, HSE will continue to maintain business continuity and deliver the major benefits that the single HQ will bring. The HSE chief executive regularly reports on progress to the HSE board and this information is available on the HSE website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff at the Health and Safety Executive office at Rose Court, London have expressed a firm interest in relocating to a single headquarters in Bootle. (207274)

10 members of staff initially expressed an interest in relocating to Bootle. A firmer number will be available in the summer after the final preference exercise has been conducted.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an equality impact assessment was carried out prior to the Health and Safety Executive’s proposal to move to a single headquarters. (207275)

An equality impact assessment was carried out as part of the business case developed for the proposal to move to a single headquarters.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the changes in the number of posts which will result from the Health and Safety Executive's establishment of a single headquarters. (207276)

We do not envisage the move to a single headquarters in Bootle resulting in any reduction in the overall total of HSE posts. We shall however be filling posts in Bootle on the basis of establishing initially a sufficient number of qualified staff to undertake core and essential work rather than seeking immediately to fill every potentially vacant post. This will allow us to staff up more effectively the requirements of the new health and safety strategy as progressively become clear.