§ Mr. Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many factory inspection visits on average(a) a principal inspector of health and safety and (b) a qualified inspector of health and safety, in a field office of the Field Operations Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive made in the last financial year. 
§ Mr. Meacher
The information requested cannot be produced at this time, because full-year data on inspectors' work for the year ended 31 March 2000 are not yet available and HSE's recording system does not make any distinction between factory inspection visits and inspection visits to other types of premises by Field Operations Directorate Inspections.
In 1998–99 Field Operations Directorate inspectors carried out the number of inspection contacts shown in the following table.
The average number of inspection contacts completed, in 1998–99, by HSE Field Operations Directorate inspectors in operations groups Number Principal inspector 33 Qualified inspector 160