HC Deb 04 July 1985 vol 82 c256W
Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people are currently employed in the Scottish oil sector and in subsidiary sectors operating in Scotland; and what were the figures in each of the last five years for which records are available.

Mr. Younger

Total employment in firms in Scotland identified by the Manpower Services Commission as being wholly related to North sea oil and gas activity is estimated to have been 60,983 in December 1984. This is the most recent estimate available. The estimates for June of the years 1979 to 1984 are:

June Thousands June Thousands
1979 41.8 1982 58.3
1980 46.3 1983 63.3
1981 49.6 1984 64.0