HC Deb 22 November 1973 vol 864 c491W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of employees who have left each of the nationalised industries since 6th November 1972, expressing the numbers as a percentage of the work force in each industry.

Mr. Maurice Macmillan

I regret that the statistics compiled by my Department do not provide the information requested. However, information about numbers employed is available monthly for the industries included in the Index of Production. The statistics are analysed according to the Minimum List Headings of the Standard Industrial Classification and do not distinguish between the public and private sectors. The following table shows the numbers employed in coal mining, gas, electricity and iron and steel manufacture at September 1972, November 1972 and September 1973, the latest date for which figures are available.

September 1972 November 1972 September 1973
Coal mining 326,700 325,600 311,300
Iron and steel and steel tubes 302,700 302,400 302,400
Gas 110,000 109,100 105,000
Electricity 191,700 191,200 187,900

The figures are provisional.