§ Mr. Ray Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Wales, further to his reply of 16 July, Official Report, c. 475, concerning employees in employment in Wales, when he expects to obtain this information for the period since 1978; and what were the reasons why the information was not available.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The annual census of employment which was undertaken in June of each year was not undertaken in 1979 and 1980 for economy reasons. Figures at local level, which can only be derived from that source, will not be available for the years in question. The census was reinstated in September 1981 and it is hoped that national and regional figures will be available at the end of the year: local figures will be made available as soon as possible thereafter.