§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many persons were employed in advance factories in each of the last five years in Wales.
§ Mr. John Stradling Thomas
Factories built in advance of specific demand by the Welsh development agency, the Development Board for Rural Wales, or by its predecessor organisations, and by the Cwmbran development corporation have in many cases undergone changes of tenancy or been sold over the years, and comprehensive information on advance factory employment as such is not available. The following table shows estimated employment in all the factories owned by the three providing bodies at 31 December in each of the years in question.
Employees 1978 57,000 1979 57,100 1980 51,500 1981 47,400 1982 45,900