§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Wales, further to his reply dated 30 June, Official Report, c. 316 concerning the number of foreign-owned plants which have closed down since 1978, what was the date of the survey from which the figures in his reply were drawn; and if he will bring his answer up to date showing the number of plants still in operation, the numbers employed and the number of redundancies which have been announced but which have not yet taken effect.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The figures represented the most up-to-date information available to my Department at that time. On the basis of more recent figures, taking account of changes of ownership, closures and redundancies, it is estimated that at present 179 plants employing some 42,500 are in operation. An estimated 1,000 redundancies to have yet to occur.