§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many steelworkers were employed in Wales in 1972, 1979 and 1983, respectively.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Fully comparable figures covering the public and private sectors are not available. The following figures give a very broad indication of the total employment in the steel industry in Wales in the years in question:
Year Estimated Employment BSC* (end of September) Private Sector* (End of December) 1972 66,600 —† 1979 50,600 6,700 1983 19,800 3,100‡ * All figures include clerical and administrative staff and are rounded. † 1972 figures not available — statistics commence in December 1973 when total was 5,000. ‡ Provisional to end of September.
Source: BSC and the United Kingdom Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau.