HC Deb 24 January 1984 vol 52 c494W
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.

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