Definition of inspectorate in English:

inspectorate

noun

British
  • A body that ensures that the official regulations applying to a particular type of institution or activity are obeyed:

    ‘the factory inspectorate’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which oversees the inspectorate, described the situation as bizarre.’
    • ‘As a result it is for the relevant inspectorates to apply parameters and criteria in connection with individual products as they consider appropriate.’
    • ‘They propose merging eight government inspectorates into one, under a more independent Audit Commission.’
    • ‘The only way to regulate the industry is through an independent inspectorate.’
    • ‘These eight were passed on to the health inspectorate and the prosecution authorities.’
    • ‘The statement said members wanted a meeting with the Commission for Social Care Inspection, as the inspectorate is now called.’
    • ‘Councillors agreed that proposals should be drawn up to ensure the inspectorate communicated with the council on concerns that it had about homes.’
    • ‘As the matter is so controversial, it would be in the interests of all concerned for the planning inspectorate to recommend that a public inquiry be held.’
    • ‘I believe red tape, bureaucracy, regulations, inspectorates, commissions, quangos, ‘czars’, ‘units’ and ‘targets’ came to help and protect us, but now we need protection from them.’
    • ‘The school has now appealed against the decision and an inquiry will be held before an inspector from the planning inspectorate.’
    • ‘This opens up the prospect of contractors in a host of hazardous activities being theoretically regulated by their own national inspectorates, but in reality not being regulated at all.’
    • ‘The labour inspectorate will ultimately ensure that employers are in compliance.’
    • ‘The secretary of state is clearly alert to the dangers of extra funding being dissipated in non-productive ways, hence the announcement of two new inspectorates to ensure value for money in the health and social care areas.’
    • ‘There are also inspectorates for specific functions to ensure public health and safety.’
    • ‘The widow asked for discovery of an internal report by the defendants submitted to the railway inspectorate and the ministry.’
    • ‘The labour inspectorate inspected the workplace, and saw that it was good.’
    • ‘It insists no one will be inappropriately housed by 2006 and a new inspectorate will scrutinise institutions.’
    • ‘The High Court agreed as it found the inspectorate to be at fault.’
    • ‘From Scottish Opera to Hampden, from the schools inspectorate to the civil service, windows are being thrown open to let in the light.’
    • ‘The children of Ofsted staff joined their parents at the inspectorate's Holborn offices as part of Take Your Child to Work Day.’

Pronunciation:

inspectorate

/ɪnˈspɛktərət/