§ Mr. Cryer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many persons were employed in the machine tool manufacturing industry in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982; and if he will give the most recent available figure for 1983;
(2) how many persons were employed in woollen textiles for 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982; and what is the most recent available figure for 1983.
§ Mr. Alison
The latest available figures are for December 1982 and the following table gives the information for Great Britain at December each year from 1977.
Employees in employment December each year Manufacture of metal-working machine tools (*MLH 332) Woollen and worsted industry (*MLH 414) 1977 65,100 80,100 1978 65,100 75,400 1979 65,300 68,700 1980 59,500 55,800 1981† 51,600 51,300 1982† 46,100 46,400 * Minimum list heading of the 1968 standard industrial classification. † Provisional.
United Kingdom Antenatal leave Postnatal leave Qualifying conditions for cash benefits Cash benefits to employees Duration of cash benefit Qualifying conditions for reinstatement Reinstatement period Alternative re-engagement conditions 11 weeks 734 29 weeks Maternity Pay Maternity Pay Maternity Pay As for right to maternity pay and must inform employer in writing, 21 days before absence begins that she intends to return. She must also advise employer, in writing at least 21 days before date of intended return. At any time before the end of the period of 29 weeks of beginning with the week in which the date of confinement fails. Reinstatement period may be extended by four weeks by employer or (if sick) by employee. The employee must continue to be employed by her employer, whether or not she is at work, until immediately before the beginning of the eleventh week before the expected week of confinement, as certified by a midwife or doctor in a Certificate of Expected Confinement. She does not need to leave at that time but may continue her employment even up to the date of confinement providing that she can do her job adequately and is not contravening health and safety requirements. 90% of weekly wage less flat rate maternity allowance £25 per week. First six weeks of absence.