§ Mr. Flannery
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many specialist noise and vibration inspectors are required by the Health and Safety Executive; and how many are currently in post.
§ Mr. Nicholls
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive's factory, agricultural, quarries, explosives and mines inspectorate are responsible for enforcing legislative provision under which exposure to noise and vibration at work is controlled.
In addition, the Health and Safety Executive has 11 specialist inspector posts to provide technical support and advice on noise and vibration. Ten inspectors are in post and a new recruit is expected to start shortly.