HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 cc134-5W
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is satisfied with the procedures for removing firms registered on the Shield computer system which have closed down; and what steps are taken to ensure that totals recorded remain accurate.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

I am satisfied that the records of the Shield register on the Health and Safety Executive's computer are changed when up-to-date information, which has been checked as accurate, becomes available. Labels are no longer used for recording information.

Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list as at 1 April 1985 and for previous years where figures are available the number of establishments registered on the Shield computer system where the Factory Inspectorate is responsible for enforcing the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act; if he will break the figures down by area office and are a industry group; and if he will seek to ensure that in all future annual reports of the Health and Safety Executive this information is included in a statistical appendix together with the approximate number of employed in total in such establishments.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

On 30 April 1985 the total number of establishments allocated on the Health and Safety Executive's Shield computer system to the Factory Inspectorate was 393,675. This compares with 393,237 on 31 December 1983, 322,233 on 31 December 1982 and 260,653 on 31 December 1981. The breakdown by areas on 30 April 1985 was:

South West 20,803
South 27,145
South East 24,788
London (formerly three areas and being reorganised into two at the time) (total) 52,414
East Anglia 20,242
Northern Home Counties 17,670
East Midlands 18,414
West Midlands 19,091
Wales 18,258
North Midlands 15,521
South Yorkshire and Humberside 16,766
West and North Yorkshire 21,652
Greater Manchester 15,850
Merseyside 15,429
Marches 15,569
North West 17,774
North East 16,025
Scotland East 19,888
Scotland West 20,376

A further breakdown by industry groups within areas could not be provided except at disproportionate cost.

The information held on Shield as to the number employed at each establishment is intended as a guide to inspectors, and may be several years out of date, depending on when the last visit took place. Totals would therefore not be meaningful.

HSE already publishes a large amount of statistical information in its various annual reports, but a tabulation of this kind is not felt to be of sufficiently general interest to be included.