§ Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of reported accidents were investigated by the factories inspectorate in 1988.
§ Mr. Nicholls
In 1987–88. 4.9 per cent. of reportable accidents reported to the factory inspectorate were investigated. All accidents involving fatal injuries were investigated. Reported accidents are selected for investigation after considering the gravity of the apparent breach, the need to give advice and the value of any information that would be obtained to prevent similar accidents.