HC Deb 23 February 1970 vol 796 c242W
Mr. Oakes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will instruct his inspectors to intensify their investigations of employers who employ labour on a casual basis to ensure that the insurance cards of all their employees are adequately stamped.

Mr. Ennals

Inspectors are already instructed to give special attention to trades (such as those employing labour on a casual basis) where irregularities are most likely to be found. There are at present 1,500 inspectors stationed throughout the country who, as part of their duties, carry out periodic checks, usually on employers' premises, to ensure that stamping is properly carried out. They make ¼ million visits a year for this purpose. In 1969, 139 inspectors were added to the complement to keep pace with increased work.