HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 c475W
Miss Joan Hall

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the size of the Factory Inspectorate is adequate; and what plans he has to increase this number.

Mr. Dudley Smith

There were 687 inspectors of factories in post on 1st August, 1972.

However the number of chemical and engineering inspectors is now to be increased by seven and the number of scientific officers in the Industrial Hygiene Laboratory by six, in order to strengthen the Inspectorates work in the field of environmental health.

My right hon. Friend has now received the Report of the Committee on Safety and Health under Lord Robens and future policy for the whole of the Inspectorate is being studied in the light of that report.