§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the number of health authorities who have staff in post specifically to advise, instruct and inform on preventable work-related health problems such as repetitive strain injury; what guidance his Department offers health authorities on this point; and what steps he is taking to review the results of the guidance he has given.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Each health authority is responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees at work and will be guided by particular advice issued by the Health and Safety Executive. The Department has issued guidance on the establishment of occupational health services generally, but does not collect information on the number of health authority staff deployed on such services.