HC Deb 23 November 1979 vol 974 c363W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what surveys have been conducted by his Department of the availability for work of sewing machinists in the Amble area; and whether the information so obtained has been made available to existing local employers in this trade.

Mr. Jim Lester

An inquiry was carried out in September 1979 by Amble jobcentre on behalf of a prospective employer who had asked about the availability of sewing machinists in Amble. Callers at the jobcentre were invited to say whether they would be interested in such work if it were available, and details of those expressing interest were sent to the firm concerned.

Details from this particular inquiry have not been passed to other firms. The results obtained could, however, be

India Pakistan Bangladesh
Wives 466 3,098 4,372
Children under 18 1,686 5,087 9,916
Other dependants 1,328 910 28
Fiances 3,510 1,708 21
Fiancees 35 43 1