HC Deb 27 October 1980 vol 991 cc140-1W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of redundancies in Dundee his Department has been notified of under section 100 of the Employment Protection Act (a) since May 1979 and (b) since January of the current year; and how many establishments were involved in each case.

Mr. Jim Lester:

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

Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of redundancies notified to his Department in the latest available month.

Mr. Jim Lester

[pursuant to his reply, 8 August 1980, c. 406]: The number of proposed redundancies notified to my Department under the redundancy handling provisions of the Employment Protection Act 1975 for the latest available month, that is July 1980, involved 169,260 employees employed in 3,001 establishments.

There is no statutory requirement to notify my Department when proposed redundancies do not take place.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the number of redundancies reported to them as due to occur in July 1980 involved 28,912 employees. This figure is provisional since some redundancies are reported late.

Both the Department of Employment and Manpower Services Commission figures are for redundancies involving 10 or more employees.

Mr. Ray Powell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will act to ensure that his Department accurately informs district and county councils of redundancies and to ensure that such information is available even to cover firms shedding 10 or even fewer of their employees.

Mr. Jim Lester

[pursuant to his reply, 8 August 1980, c. 4O6]: The present arrangement is for all notifications for redundancies involving 100 or more employees to be copied to the relevant local authorities, provided the employer's agreement in each case is obtained.

The number of notifications is such that it would not be possible to copy

Average gross weekly earnings (£) of full-time employees whose pay was not affected by absence
Men (a) Women (b)
April 1979 101.4 63.0
April 1980 provisional estimate(c) 122.5 76.1
(a) Aged 21 and over.
(b) Aged 18 and over.
(c) Based on survey results for April 1979 extrapolated by the trend of average earnings shown by the monthly index of average earnings.
Weekly averages (£) during 1979
Wages and Salaries per head of per head of household (d) Total income household (e)
Households consisting of:
One adult with children 32.1 76.1
Two adults with children 92.9 113.8
(d) Covering both full and part-time employment and those not employed.
(e) Including social security benefits, investment income and imputed rent from owner occupation. Total household income would be higher with the inclusion of income for members other than the head of household.

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