HC Deb 23 October 1979 vol 972 cc133-4W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the

population excluding employment in agriculture, forestry and fishing—United Kingdom.

1959 27
1968 25
1978 20

For EEC comparisons, the available data relate to all employees in manufacturing and are provided in the following table. Data are not available for Italy and Luxembourg. Caution is required in interpreting these figures since they may reflect differences in definitions between member States or changes in coverage between years.

number of days lost in strikes since he assumed office; and how this compares with the period 3 October to 23 October 1978.

Mr. Mayhew

These statistics are not compiled for parts of a month. It is provisionally estimated that in the four months May to August 1979 the number of working days lost in all industrial stoppages in progress in the United Kingdom was 5,915,000, over half being accounted for by the national one-day engineering strikes in August. In the same months of 1978 the corresponding figure was 1,830,000 and in the period May to October 1978 the total was 2,708,000. The figures for September and October 1979 are not available.

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