HC Deb 25 April 1985 vol 77 c554W
Mr. Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the increase in real terms for the price of beer over the last five years.

Mr. Alan Clark

In the five years to March 1985 the price of beer increased by 74 per cent. compared with an increase of 45 per cent. in the "all items" retail prices index.

Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workplaces came under the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety Executive; what percentage have been visited by health and safety inspectors; what percentage of those visited were issued with improvement or prohibition notices; what percentage of those issued with notices responded satisfactorily; what percentage were monitored, and in what way, so as to assess the level of the response; and if in each case he will distinguish between: (a) Crown and (b) non-Crown work places.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

[pursuant to his reply, 19 April 1985, c. 298]: In 1983 there were some 614,000 establishments on the registers of the Health and Safety Executive's inspectors; there was also an unknown number of unregistered premises and transport sites. HSE inspectors made 241,000 visits in 1983 including visits to previously unregistered premises and transient sites. Information on Crown and non-Crown premises and on the number of separate establishments visited could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

Compliance with all notices is monitored, usually through follow-up visits to the workplace concerned. 8,608 notices were issued in 1983. Of those which have expired and the final outcome of which has been recorded centrally, 98 per cent. of Crown notices and 99 per cent. of non-Crown notices were complied with.