§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Paymaster General if he is satisfied with current staffing levels of the Factory Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
Decisions on the number of inspectors employed by the Health and Safety Executive are a matter for the executive, subject to the limits set by the Government on its total salary expenditure and manpower. I understand that 26 new factory inspectors have recently taken up post or will do so shortly and there will be further recruitment to the inspectorate during 1986–87.