HC Deb 16 June 1992 vol 209 cc496-7W
Mr. Cryer

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many prosecutions have been brought under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1976 and associated legislation in Scotland in each year from 1982 to 1991; and how many inspection days it is estimated were saved as a result of all proceedings being conducted by the Crown prosecution service.

Mr. McLoughlin

The number of complaints brought by the procurator fiscal in the sheriff court in Scotland under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and associated legislation by HSE's inspectorates and by local authorities for the period 1 January 1982 to 31 March 1991 is given in the table. The information required to estimate the figure requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, whether or not an inspector personally conducts proceedings, he or she has to prepare a case and may also appear as a witness.

Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if she will list, by standard classification, the categories of jobs which are not covered by wage councils and indicate(a) the number of people employed in these jobs both full and part-time and male and female and (b) the average weekly wage before and after overtime for employees in each of their jobs.

Mr. McLoughlin

I regret that the information requested is not available. The sectors covered by wages councils do not coincide with the categories used in the standard industrial classification (SIC) revised 1980, which is used to compile employment and earnings statistics. It is therefore not possible to identify those employees within SIC categories who are not covered by wages councils. The most recent comprehensive earnings data analysed by SICs are published in the new earnings survey 1991; and the latest employment estimates are in the April and May 1991 issues of the Employment Gazette.Copies of these publications are in the Library.

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