Date lodged: 29 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many penalties the Health and Safety Executive has issued to farm businesses in each Scottish parliamentary region in each year since 2016; for what reasons these penalties were imposed, and what the average penalty was.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019
The regulation of occupational health and safety is reserved to the UK Government. The regulatory body is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Regulatory activities are undertaken by the HSE and by local authority Environmental Health Officers working to HSE directions and may result in the issuing of improvement or enforcement notices. The Scottish Government does not collect data on these notices.
Prosecutions for breaches of health and safety legislation in Scotland are led by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
The information requested is not held centrally but is published on the HSE website under Statistics - Index of data tables - Enforcement – Prosecutions (this is an interactive table). http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/index.htm#enforcement .