HC Deb 25 June 1976 vol 913 c487W
23. Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the impact of increasing capital intensity upon employment in manufacturing industry.

Mr. Golding

The issue is being examined carefully. I believe that the effect over time will be complex. In some situations it will produce redundancies; in others, in so far as it increases competitiveness, it will increase employment.

Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed in manufacturing industry in 1960, 1973 and 1976.

Mr. Golding

The numbers of employees in employment in manufacturing industries in Great Britain at June 1960, June 1973 and April 1976 were 8,241,000, 7,664,000 and 7,158,000 respectively. The figure for April 1976 is the latest available and is provisional.