§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether his Department is monitoring the effect of closures on the productive capacity of British industry; and what effect such closures are likely to have on employment prospects.
§ Mr. Alison
My Department has a wide variety of labour statistics and other sources of information at its disposal to assess the effects of job loss and redundancies including those resulting from closures. The Manpower Services Commission also obtains information on closures and redundancies in order to assess their impact On labour markets, which may vary according to the particular circumstances.