HC Deb 02 May 1972 vol 836 cc178-80
7. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has received of likely contraction of already established industries in Scotland this year; what are the industries and the numbers involved; and what assistance his Department intends to give in finding other alternative employment.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

According to information so far received by my Department about 10,600 redundancies in existing firms are due to occur in Scotland this year. All the resources of my Department will be made available as appropriate to those workpeople who need help in obtaining alternative employment. I will, with permission, circulate an industrial analysis of the redundancies in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Eadie

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that announcements of new job prospects in Scotland are seriously overtaken by announcements of contraction in established industries? Would he not agree that it would be helpful if the Government were to pursue a policy aimed at holding the jobs we have in established industries? Is lie aware that if they do not do this, the unemployment figures, terrifying now, will be even more terrifying next winter?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

We take the position very seriously indeed. The redundancy position is somewhat better. The figures were 5,900 for the first three months of 1970 and 14,900 for the first three months of 1971. Obviously it is not possible to predict what will happen in the next few months, but certainly the first quarter's figures for this year show an encouraging drop.

Mr. Maclennan

When did the firm of Burroughs tell the Government that it would be laying off 1,000 workers?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

I should like notice of that. It is a rather different question.

Mr. James Hamilton

The Minister will be aware that I have had a meeting with him and corresponded with him about the redundancies in my constituency. In addition I have a Question down about this. Does he realise that there have been further redundancies not only in my con- situency but outside, it, involving many of my constituents? Can he tell us once and for all what are the Government's intentions towards Scotland as a whole?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

The new regional measures recently announced should be a great help. I know of the hon. Gentleman's particular difficulties and, as he says, we are keeping in particularly close touch.

Following is the information:



Industry Number of work Industry people involved
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing 16
Mining and Quarrying 378
Food, Drink and Tobacco 980
Coal and Petroleum Products
Chemical and Allied Industries 51
Metal Manufacture 607
Mechanical Engineering 2,110
Instrument Engineering 373
Electrical Engineering 673
Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering 577
Vehicles 461
Metal Goods not elsewhere specified 443
Textiles 887
Leather, Leather Goods and Fur
Clothing and Footwear 493
Bricks, Pottery, Glass, Cement etc. 291
Timber, Furniture etc 261
Paper. Printing and Publishing 385
Other Manufacturing Industries 161
Construction 372
Gas, Electricity and Water 107
Transport and Communication 228
Distributive Trades 463
Insurance, Banking, Finance and Business Services
Professional and Scientific Services
Miscellaneous Services 138
Public Administration and Defence 176
Total 10,631