§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) steelworkers and (b) textile workers were employed in Wales in 1976 and in January 1982; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Based on the 1976 census of employees in employment the numbers in the steel and textile industries in June that year were 63, 524 and 14,258. Comparable data based on the 1981 census is not yet available. However, a separate analysis of major job changes in the steel and textile industries in Wales in recent years gives provisional estimates for end-1981 employment levels at about 28,000 and 6,500.