§ Mr. Rowlands
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many persons are employed in Wales in the manufacture of washing machines; and if he will estimate the likely job loss resulting from the import of 400,000 machines from Italy;
(2) how many persons are employed in Wales in the manufacture of electric light bulbs; and if he will estimate the likely job loss resulting from the import of 27 million light bulbs from the Tungsram factory in the Republic of Ireland.467W
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
There are only two major manufacturers of washing machines and one of electric light bulbs in Wales. Precise employment is obtained in confidence, but I feel sure the hon. Member will know how many are employed by Hoover and Thorn Lighting in his constituency. Hotpoint in North Wales is undertaking a substantial expansion. I can make no estimate of the employment consequences in Wales of possible future imports of washing machines from Italy or light bulbs from the Republic of Ireland.