§ Mr. William Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many offices, shops and railway premises he estimates still require initial examination and inspection under the provisions of the Offices, Shops and Railways Premises Act, 1963.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
It is not possible from the information available to give a reliable numerical estimate of the premises registered under the Act which still require an initial inspection. The number of premises covered by the Act continually fluctuates as a result of changes of occupancy, opening of new premises and closing down of others.
It is estimated that by the end of 1969 most enforcing authorities had completed an initial general inspection of all their registered premises. There are, however, a few authorities with particular problems, such as highly congested commercial areas, which are still having difficulty in completing their initial inspection.