HC Deb 22 March 1979 vol 964 cc737-8W
Mr. Bulmer

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will

list those organisations which have indicated to his Department that the Employment Protection Act has reduced their ability or willingness to provide jobs.

Mr. Harold Walker

A number of organisations representing employers, in particular the CBI, Engineering Employers' Federation, National Chamber of Trade and National Federation of Serf-Employed Ltd., have indicated to my Department that in their view the employment protection legislation has made some firms reluctant to take on new workers. Such representations are made in a variety of ways at various levels in the Department, both in London and outside, and it is not therefore possible to give a precise list.