HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 c118W
13. Mr van Straubenzee

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what contribution the Employment Protection Act 1976 has made towards the creation of new jobs.

Mr. Mayhew

I believe the overall effect of this Act, now consolidated, has been to inhibit rather than encourage the creation of new jobs—especially in small businesses. The provisions of the Employment Bill, when enacted, will relieve this.

Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, in money terms and in terms of numbers affected under each heading, what is the effect on (a) the North-West, (b) Merseyside (c) Kirkby and (d) Ormskirk of his cuts in job promotion, job protection and training schemes, giving that information itemised for each scheme.

Mr. Jim Lester

I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.