§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many staff were employed by the Health and Safety Commission during 1975; what was the cost of running the Commission during 1975; how many accidents the Commission investigated during 1975, broken down by industry; how many prosecutions were brought during 1975 as a result of such accidents, broken down by industry; how many cases in each industry were brought where an employer was found guilty of an offence; and how many accidents were caused during 1975 by an employee's own negligence, broken down by industry.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
I am informed by the Chairman of the Health and Safety 443W Commission that the total number of staff in post at 31st December 1975 was:
Health and Safety Commission 6 Health and Safety Executive 3,218 3,224
These figures do not include the Chairman of the Commission and eight part-time commissioners nor the staff of authorities carrying out enforcement duties outside the Executive but on behalf of the Commission.
The cost of running the Commission and Executive, excluding interest and depreciation on capital employed during the calendar year 1975, was approximately £22 million.
The total number of accidents investigated by HSE during 1975 was 15,486.
The number of prosecutions in 1975 associated with accidents were 812 against employers and 19 against employees.
Information on the number of accidents during 1975 caused by an employee's own negligence is not available.
Information on the number of prosecutions in 1975 broken down by industry could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.