§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) factory closures and (b)644W
redundanceis (i) have been announced so far in 1983 on Merseyside and in the metropolitan borough of Knowsley and (ii) are pending.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
There are no comprehensive statistics on factory closures. The available information on redundancies confirmed as due to occur in the periods specified, involving 10 or more employees, and associated closures of establishments, is given in the following table.
Confirmed redundancies and associated closures (i) 1 January to 31 October 1983* (ii) Pending, from November 1983 Merseyside Special Development Area (a) closures: Number of establishments 57 8 Number of redundancies involved †2,808 1,147 (b) confirmed redundancies 8,506 2,140 Metropolitan borough of Knowsley‡ (a) closures: Number of establishments 6 — Number of redundancies involved 241 — (b) confirmed redundancies 1,373 50
* Including provisional figures for September and October.
† Includes some redundancies associated with closures of establishments which had not been completed by the end of October.
‡ Included in Merseyside SDA.