§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make a statement on the factory inspectorate's hazard rating system; and if he will review it.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The inspection rating systems used in the factory and agricultural inspectorate division of Health and Safety Executive are designed to ensure that basic inspection is applied systematically, and most frequently to those premises where the hazard is greatest or where for other reasons close monitoring is desirable. The system has operated since 1977 and its effectiveness as a tool for allocating the division's resources is currently under review.