§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are on short-time working in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Kirkby and (d) Ormskirk.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
During the week ended 8 December 1979, the latest period for which the information is available, 7,200 operatives in manufacturing industries in the North-West region were on short-time working, either for the whole or for part of the week. Information is not available for non-manufacturing industries or for areas below regional level.