Industrial Health and Safety

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Louise Mensch Louise Mensch Conservative, Corby

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of employment was of (a) health and safety and (b) risk assessment staff in the House of Commons Service in each year since 1997.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee

The House of Commons employs two full-time safety advisers. The cost of this service is shared with the House of Lords. Over the last three years, the cost to the House of Commons has been:

2007-08 68,400
2008-09 73,600
2009-10 72,000

Figures for earlier years are not available, but would have been broadly similar. Duties related to health and safety risk assessments are incorporated into line management responsibilities and individual job descriptions. It is not possible separately to identify the cost of these activities.

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