§ 2. Mr. Crouch
asked the President of the Board of Trade what recent representations he has received from the distributive trades about the validity of official statistics on the trend of employment in those trades and the incidence of the Selective Employment Tax upon them; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody
It has been represented to me that for technical reasons the official estimate of the fall in employment in distribution between June, 1966, and June, 1967, is exaggerated. I am satisfied, however, that there has been a fall in employment in this sector.