HC Deb 09 December 1985 vol 88 c443W
Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his estimate of the number of persons employed in the clothing, textile and carpet manufacturing industries in the Barnsley travel-to-work area, the South Yorkshire metropolitan district and Yorkshire and Humberside, respectively; and to what extent they are affected by the multi-fibre arrangement.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The most recent information is as follows:

Number of persons employed in 1981
Clothing Textiles Carpet manufacturing
Barnsley TTWA 2,270 826 686
South Yorkshire 5,146 4,341 686
Yorkshire and Humberside 17,100 69,552 5,569

Source: 1981 census of employment

Employment in these industries in all parts of the United Kingdom is affected by many factors, including productivity, and competitiveness in export markets as well as the home market. Most United Kingdom imports of these products are unaffected by the multi-fibre arrangement.