HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 c728W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) when the premises of Swift (Chemicals) of Chatteris were last visited by the Health and Safety Inspectorate; and how often they have been visited by inspectors since 1975;

(2) whether he will seek powers to ensure that inspection of industrial premises is effected before production recommences after a major fire;

(3) whether it is the practice of the Health and Safety Inspectorate to re-examine industrial premises after a major conflagration such as occurred at Swift (Chemicals) of Chatteris, in October 1977;

(4) whether he is satisfied that the two fires within three months at Swift (Chemicals) Chatteris were not occasioned by industrial negligence;

(5) if he is satisfied with the monitoring carried out by the Health and Safety Inspectorate, in view of the two fires at Swift (Chemicals) Limited, Chatteris; and if he will seek to amend the Health and Safety at Work Act so as to provide for more frequent inspections at plants using highly inflammable raw materials.

Mr. John Grant

I will reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

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