HC Deb 31 October 1966 vol 735 cc2-3W
50. Mr. Galbraith

asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of redundancies now expected as the result of closure of factories in Scotland consequent on rationalisation in England.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

Reorganisation schemes known to our Department as affecting firms with factories both in England and Scotland are expected to result in a net loss in Scotland of about 2,800 jobs, of which about 1,000 are part-time. The reductions will be spread over the next five years.

54. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Minister of Labour what degree of redundancy, temporary or permanent, is likely to be caused in Weymouth by the departure of Vickers and the entry of Wellworthy; what will be the likely effect on wage levels; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

I understand that some of the 620 people employed by Vickers will transfer with the firm to Swindon and that the rest will be discharged in stages between now and March, 1967. Wellworthy expect to build up their labour force by about 280 during the next three months and have already interviewed many of Vickers' employees. My local officers are keeping in close touch with the situation and are ready to assist any employees who are not absorbed into the new jobs. The change-over does not seem likely to have any significant effect on wage levels.

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