HC Deb 11 March 1981 vol 1000 cc324-5W
25. Mr. Lang

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many companies and jobs he estimates there to be in Scotland in the electronics industry; and how this compares with the position 10 years ago.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

There are just over 100 electronics companies in Scotland, employing some 40,000 people. The operations and employment within companies have been significantly affected by the change from electro-mechanical to micro-electronic technology. Electronics employment was 37,200 in 1971. In addition, substantial numbers are employed in companies providing goods and services to the industry.