HC Deb 08 February 1985 vol 72 c703W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Employment to what extent employment in the clothing manufacturing sectors of north-east England has declined since 1979.

Mr. Alan Clark

The only available information is for the period from June 1978 to September 1981 when censuses of employment were taken. In that period there was a decline of 32 per cent., from 21,800 in 1978 to 14,800 in 1981, in the number of employees employed in the clothing manufacturing industries of north-east England.

Censuses of employment have been taken triennially since 1978 and the results of the current, September 1984, census are scheduled to become available in the autumn.