HC Deb 05 December 1979 vol 975 cc253-4W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what have been the effects on employment in the construction and materials supply industry of the 30 per cent. fall in road spending since 1973.

Mr. Stanley

From 1973 to 1978 manpower in the construction industry fell by 240,000 from 1.92 million to 1.68 million. However, there are no separately identifiable figures available for the numbers of those engaged in the construction of roads or the production of aggregates for road building over this period.