HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 cc116-7W
19. Mr. Dixon

asked the Paymaster General if he will list the number of jobs lost in the Tyne and Wear county council area in manufacturing, transport, docks, shipbuilding and shiprepairing and local authorities for the years 1979 to 1985, respectively.

Mr. Alan Clark

The precise information requested is not available. The Department's statistics for the county monitor only net changes in employment between census dates.

The latest available figures from the September 1981 census of employment showed that 129,500 employees were employed in manufacturing industries in the county of Tyne and Wear compared with 162,400 in 1978 when the previous census was taken. Included in this reduction of 32,900 was a reduction of 6,300 in those employed in shipbuilding and repairing and marine engineering. The number of employees in transport services, with the exception of port and inland water transport, declined by 2,900 while the numbers in port and inland water transport (including docks) increased by 200.

The reported numbers employed by the Tyne and Wear county and district local authorities are as follows:

June 1979 71,258
June 1981 68,168
June 1982 66,445
June 1983 67,276
June 1984 67,057
June 1985 67,454

More up-to-date total employment estimates for the county will become available following the publication of the 1984 census of employment results later this year. Early estimates confined to employment in enterprise zones show a net increase of nearly 2,200 jobs in the Tyneside enterprise zone between designation in 1981 and September 1984.