HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 cc37-8W
Mr. Litterick

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his Department's estimate of the short- and long-term employment effects of the investment of £70 million in new technology in the sheet glass industry.

Mr. Golding

The employment effects of such an investment will depend on the extent to which the new technology in question is purely labour-saving and the extent to which it permits a level of output higher than that which would otherwise have occurred. The short-term employment effect will also depend on the amount and nature of any construction work involved in the projects towards which the investment is directed.