HC Deb 30 April 1980 vol 983 cc529-30W
Mr. Jim Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the terms of reference, and the method to be used, of the inquiry into homeworking to be undertaken by his Department.

Mr. Jim Lester

The aims of the research on homeworking are to obtain more solid information on the number, characteristics and employment of home-workers than has so far been available. The research being carried out consists of a number of separate but linked studies, some of which will analyse information already collected through standard surveys. The terms of reference and methods used thus differ between studies. One relied on qualitative research to assess the factors which affect homeworkers' response to surveys. Another consists of statistical analyses of information on homeworkers' earnings in certain industries.