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Health and Safety Executive: Manpower

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff the Health and Safety Executive has relocated in response to the recommendations made by Sir Michael Lyons in his report on local government; and how many of those staff were (a) relocated prior to 31 March 2008 and (b) working in the Offshore Safety Division on the latest date for which figures are available. (266464)

[holding answer 2 April 2009]: As at 31 March 2009, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has relocated a total of 157 posts out of London in response to the recommendations made by Sir Michael Lyons. Within this number, six staff have moved permanently with their posts and a further two are due to follow in the near future.

Of the 157 posts, 31 were relocated prior to 31 March 2008 and 10 were in the Offshore Safety Division (OSD).

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed by the Health and Safety Executive at its (a) London and (b) Bootle offices; and how many staff were employed at those offices immediately prior to the publication of Sir Michael Lyons' report on local government in March 2007. (266465)

[holding answer 2 April 2009]: As at 23 March 2009 the Health and Safety Executive employed 329 staff at its London office and 1,288 at the Bootle office.

The comparable figures for 31 March 2007 are 1,227 staff at the Bootle office and 528 staff at the London office.