HC Deb 13 February 1986 vol 91 cc500-1W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Paymaster General what information he has concerning the number of people employed in the textiles and clothing industries in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will give comparable figures for each month in the last five years.

Mr. Lang

The Department's employment statistics for the textiles and clothing industries are produced on a quarterly basis and cannot be expressed in precisely the manner required.

The latest available figures for employees in employment in the textiles (including man-made fibres) and clothing industries in Great Britain during the last five years are as follows:

December 585,000
March 565,000
June 550,000
September 544,000
December 532,000
March 521,000
June 510,000
September 501,000
December 491,000
March 481,000
June 475,000
September 478,000
December 475,000
March 470,000
June 467,000
September 467,000
December 465,000
March 460,000
June 459,000
September 464,000