§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of people employed full-time in manufacturing industry in (a) the west midlands, (b) the Black Country area of the west midlands and (c) the Walsall travel-to-work area in May 1979 and at the latest available date.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
The available information is from the June 1978 and the following September 1981 census of employment and is as follows:
Employees in full-time employment: Manufacturing industries June 1978 (thousands) September 1981 (thousands) West Midlands 916.7 743.6 Dudley and Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall travel-to-work areas 268.5 213.3 Walsall travel-to-work area 65.8 55.3
As results of the 1978 census are not available for the new travel-to-work areas announced last year, information is given for the travel-to-work areas as defined before last year's review.