§ Mr. Kaufman
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the number of redundancies in the area covered by the city of Manchester announced since the beginning of 1980 and what are the numbers in prospect; and if he will publish comparable figures for each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
[pursuant to his reply, 28 October 1980, c. 145–46]: I am informed by the Manpower Services 682W Commission that the number of redundancies reported to it as due to occur in the city of Manchester between January and September 1980 involved 5,180 employees. This figure is provisional since some redundancies are reported late.
Comparable figures are available only from 1977 and are as follows:
Employees January to September 1977 1,782 January to September 1978 1,181 January to September 1979 2,077
A total of 668 redundancies have so far been reported to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur in the city of Manchester between October and December 1980. All these figures are for redundancies involving 10 or more employees.