HC Deb 23 July 1979 vol 971 cc52-4W
Miss Wright

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will indicate how long he thinks it will take to complete the investigation into the explosion at the Witton factory of IMI (Kynoch) Ltd; if he is aware of the anxiety amongst local residents arising from this explosion; and if he will therefore make the report public when received.

Mr. Mayhew,

pursuant to his reply, [Official Report, 20 July 1979; Vol. 970, c. 842], gave the following answer:

I am informed by the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the detailed laboratory examination of certain pieces of equipment, to which I referred in my previous answer on 19 June, is not yet complete. The latest estimate is that it will be mid-August before the inspector is able to complete his investigation.

I can well understand the anxiety amongst local residents arising from this explosion. I am informed by the Commission that, by reason of the design of the factory and other licensing require-

Numbers registered as unemployed Percentage rates of unemployment
Employment Office areas Males Total Males Total
Barnsley 2,847 4,116
Hoyland 360 480
Wombwell 573 889
Barnsley travel-to-work area 3,780 5,485 7.3 6.8
Doncaster 4,177 6,938
Thorne 968 1,556
Doncaster travel-to-work area 5,145 8,494 7.2 7.7
Goldthorpe 649 1,007
Mexborough 1,296 2,101
Mexborough travel-to-work area 1,945 3,108 9.6 10.2
Chapeltown 355 466
Dinnington 589 856
Firth Park 491 699
Sheffield 8,259 12,123
Woodhouse 522 644
Sheffield travel-to-work area 10,216 14,788 5.7 5.0
Maltby 487 749 8.2 8.2
Rotherham 3,256 4,856 8.6 8.0
COUNTY TOTAL 24,829 37,480 6.7 6.4

ments made by the Health and Safety Executive, any explosion within the factory is unlikely to have any external consequence affecting residents. I shall however, bear this point in mind when I receive the report of the HSE investigation and consider the question of its publication.