HC Deb 26 April 1965 vol 711 cc16-7
14. Mr. Dell

asked the Minister of Labour what is the present establishment of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Factories; and how many unfilled vacancies existed at the most recent convenient date.

Mr. Gunter

The present authorised strength of H.M. Factory Inspectorate is 517 posts. On 1st April, 1965, there were 35 vacancies.

Mr. Dell

In view of the increasing responsibilities of the Factory Inspectorate, can my right hon. Friend say with what frequency the present establishment enables each factory to receive a thorough routine inspection?

Mr. Gunter

I have already told the House that, as soon as the authorised establishment is complete, I shall again have another searching look to see what further action is required.