§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many fixed premises were registered with the Health and Safety Executive in each of the past 15 years; and how many of these were visited by a factory inspector in each year.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The following tables show the number of fixed premises registered with the Health and Safety Executive's factory, agricultural, mines and quarries inspectorates for the years for which information is available. Information about how many fixed premises were visited by a factory inspector is not available.
Year Fixed premises registered1 31978 280,716 1979 309,757 1980 318,936 1981 318,050 1982 2585,296 1983 2477,409 1984 668,037 41985 724,227 1986 720,243 1987 719,738 1988 707,474 1989 692,078 1The total for 1978 is for fixed premises registered with the factory inspectorate only. Premises registered with the mines and quarries inspectorate are included from 1979, with those registered with the agricultural inspectorate being included from 1984. 2The 1982 figure was first produced from a computerised database on the Department of Employment census. The database initially included premises for which the HSE was not the enforcing authority: this accounts for the high figures for 1982 and 1983. 31 January. 4 1 April.