§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Paymaster General if he is satisfied with the frequency of visits to industrial premises by factory inspectors; and if he wil make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
Yes. The frequency of visits by factory inspectors is determined by the Health and Safety Executive in the light of its overall resources. The factory inspectorate's programme of visits is planned on the basis of a rating system. This takes into account the level of risk to employees and the public, management performance and the time elapsed since the last inspection. There is no fixed period between inspections.