HC Deb 06 May 1968 vol 764 cc11-2W
35. Mr. James Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity how many factory inspectors are concerned with day-to-day visiting of factories.

Mr. Fernyhough

There are some 500 factory inspectors and all but a few stationed at headquarters are so concerned.

39. Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity, what is Her Majesty's Government's policy regarding consultation with trade union representatives at factories by visiting factory inspectors.

Mr. Fernyhough

The policy of Her Majesty's Government is that there should be close co-operation between the Factory Inspectorate and trade union representatives of persons working in factories. Inspectors are instructed that during general inspections they should see the elected representatives of the workpeople and give them an opporuntity of a private interview if they so wish.