HC Deb 20 February 1979 vol 963 c103W
30. Mr. Tim Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what estimate he has made of the effect the road haul age dispute has had on employment.

37. Mr. Jessel

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how far employment has been affected by recent industrial disputes.

Mr. Harold Walker

In addition to those directly involved in the disputes, the number of employees laid off temporarily was estimated to have reached 235,000 at the highest point, just before the end of January. While it is possible that some firms may have lost contracts, as a result of delays in exports, for example, it is doubtful whether any significant continuing or long-term effects on employment will follow directly.

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