§ 58. Ms. Clare Short
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any plans to increase the number of factory inspectors.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Decisions on the staffing of the factory inspectorate are a matter for the Health and Safety Executive, subject to the overall financial allocation and staff ceiling given to the Health and Safety Commission by the Government. The Executive plans to maintain the 491W factory inspectorate at roughly its present strength in 1985. It is currently recruiting up to 30 general factory inspectors, in addition to the 25 recruited last year.