§ Mr. Heffer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many factories have closed down on Merseyside since May 1979.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
There are no comprehensive statistics of factory closures. The number of closures of establishments, involving redundancies of 10 or more employees, so far reported to the Manpower Services Commisson as due to occur in the Merseyside special development area since May 1979 is 168.