§ Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many health and safety inspectors there were in each of the years 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982; and if he plans to increase them.
§ Mr. Waddington:
The number of inspectors employed by the Health and Safety Executive at 1 April in each of the past four years was as follows:
1 April 1979 1,424 1 April 1980 1,444 1 April 1981 1,404 1 April 1982 1,323
In addition, health and safety inspectors are employed by the Railways Inspectorate, the Petroleum Engineering Directorate and the Scottish Pollution Inspectorate to carry out work under agency agreements with the Health and Safety Commission. Local authorities also appoint inspectors to carry out their functions under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act. There are no plans to increase the total number of inspectors whom the Health and Safety Executive employ.