§ Mr. Ray Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees in Wales were receiving state cash aid for short-time working in February in the current year; and how this figure compares with that for February 1980, 1981 and 1982, respectively.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
For February 1981, 1982 and 1983 the numbers of workers for whom payments were made were 45,645, 11,797, and 25,686, respectively.
Figures on this basis are not available for February 1980.