§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Employment to what extent the furniture industry and catering trades depend upon labour from overseas.
§ Mr. Mayhew
According to the most recent available information, the furniture industry employs over 100,000 and the hotel and catering industry over 400,000 full-time workers. It is not known how many of these workers are of overseas origin but in 1978 only six work permits were issued for employment of overseas workers in the furniture industry. The corresponding figure for hotel and catering was 1,666.