HC Deb 01 May 1972 vol 836 c53W
Mr. Bray

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of operatives employed in the footwear industry in each of the five years to 31st December, 1971.

Mr. Dudley Smith:

The following table shows the estimated numbers of all employees in employment, including operatives, in the footwear industry.

Estimated numbers of employees in employment in Great Britain in the footwear industry
December, 1967 96,300
December, 1968 97,900
December, 1969 99,900
December, 1970 96,400
December, 1971 (provisional) 95,600

The statistics do not indicate how many of these were operatives, but based on inquiries made in October of each of these years the operative proportion throughout the period was about 85 per cent.