HC Deb 06 May 1976 vol 910 c459W
Mr. Cyril Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers at paper mills have been made redundant since 1967.

Mr. Golding

Until the redundancy provisions of the Employment Protection Act came into force on 8th March 1976, employers were under no obligation to notify redundancies. Records of those notified are available from 1st January 1969 only. I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that, subject to these qualifications, the numbers of workers employed in the manufacture of paper and board, packaging products of paper, board and associated materials and stationery and wallpaper, who have been recorded as having been made redundant, are as follows:

1969 3,370
1970 5,010
1971 11,260
1972 3,440
1973 2,240
1974 970
1975 5,050
1976 (January-March) 910*
Total 32,250
* This figure is provisional.