§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people within the Health and Safety Executive are employed in connection with its pesticide monitoring function; and at what locations.746W
§ Mr. Oppenheim
No Health and Safety Executive staff are employed specifically to monitor pesticides. HSE inspectors based in a national network of 20 area offices undertake a programme of preventative inspection, including premises where pesticides are used, and investigate reported incidents. Trends are monitored and summaries of investigated incidents are published annually.