HC Deb 08 July 1981 vol 8 cc131-2W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have been made redundant in (a) the paper, board and allied industries, (b) the clothing industry and (c) the textile industry (i) in the last year for which figures are available and (ii) in each of the previous three years.

Mr. Peter Morrison

There are no comprehensive statistics of redundancies.

Following is the available information relating to redundancies, involving 10 or more employees, reported to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur in the specified industries.

proportion of the corresponding average earnings of all employees in the private sector for the three periods April 1970, April 1975 and April 1980, taking for each industry April 1970 as 100.

Redundancies reported as due to occur: Great Britain
(a) (b) (c)
Paper, board and allied industries (MLH 481 and 482) Clothing




Textile industry (SIC Order XIII)
1978 1,365 8,342 12,326
1979 2,027 5,885 15,081
1980 9,861 23,551 50,345
June 1980 to May 1981* (inclusive) 12,733 22,507 44,066
Note: * Including provisional data for April and May 1981.

Figures for February 1981 or later are not fully comparable with those for January 1981 and earlier, because of improvements in data collection designed to secure a better coverage of reported redundancies which are actually expected to take place.