§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private actions were brought against farmers, landowners or employers of agricultural labour for infringement of safety standards or negligence following serious injuries in 1983, 1984 and 1985, respectively; and what was the percentage of convictions in each year.
§ Mr. Mellor
Records available to me which may be incomplete are shown in the table.
The information collected centrally does not distinguish private prosecutions.
It is not possible to say how many proceedings followed a serious accident.
Court proceedings under the Agriculture (Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions) Act 1956 as amended by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1975.
England and Wales Number of defendants Proceeded against Found guilty 1982 17 17 1983 13 11 1984 20 19