HC Deb 05 July 1978 vol 953 cc190-1W

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will publish the following details concerning the survey of the effects of employment protection laws published in the June issue of his Departments' Gazette: (a) the number of firms employing less than 75 and less than 100 people included in the survey, (b) the method of selection of the firms surveyed, namely, whether it was random, (c) the reasons for the exclusion from the survey of commercial and service establishments, (d) the reasons for excluding firms employing less than 50 people and (e) the percentage of employment in the private sector covered by this survey.

Mr.Harold Walker

The article in theGazette was based on the results of an independent inquiry by the Policy Studies Institute. My Department is responsible for neither the conclusions nor the methodology of the survey, which are matters for the institute itself.