§ Mr. Nellist
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the non-availability of copies of the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 (S.I., 1977, No. 500); if he will ensure that an early reprint by Her Majesty's Stationery Office is arranged; and if he will make a statement as to why these regulations are currently not available at certain of Her Majesty's Stationery Office's bookshops.
§ Mr. Brooke
The Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 are numbered S.I. 1977 No. 500 and were published in March 1977. The most recent reprint was in October 1985 and current stocks are sufficient to meet expected demand.
Copies are normally available at all HMSO bookshops except Belfast, which does not stock them as the regulations do not apply to Northern Ireland. There may have been very occasional times when individual shops were temporarily out of stock for short periods, but on such occasions orders would be taken for fulfilment when replacement copies arrived.
Turnover 1974–75 (a) Central Government (b) United Kingdom Public Sector (excluding central Government) (c) Export Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Royal Ordnance Factories (Note 1) 56 — 44 Her Majesty's Stationery Office (Note 2) 69 27 2 Royal Dockyards (Note 3) 100 — — United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (Note 4) 80 — —
- 1. The royal ordnance factories were vote-funded for the first three months of 1974–75 and financed by means of a trading fund from 1 July 1974. They were vested in Royal Ordnance plc on 2 January 1985.
- 2. Two per cent. of HMSO turnover was accounted for by sales direct to the general public from HMSO bookshops.
- 3. A very small element of royal dockyard turnover (exact proportion not available) was for overseas Governments and civilian customers.
- 4. Some 80 per cent. of the net costs of UKAEA's activities in 1974–75 was funded by central Government. Information on exports and the public sector is not available in the form requested.