§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many men were employed in the fishing, agriculture, forestry, coal and steel industries, respectively, in Wales at the latest count and five years previously.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The latest available figures are derived from the Department of Employments' census of employees in employment, and relate to June 1976 and September 1981 respectively. The figures are as follows:
thousands June 1976 September 1981* Agriculture and horticulture 17.8 18.5 Forestry and fishing 1.5 1.3 Coal mining 36.6 32.0 Ferrous metals 62.2 29.3 * Provisional results.