HC Deb 11 June 1986 vol 99 c203W
Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many firms in the electronics sector were operating in Scotland at the most recent date for which information is available; of these how many maintain research and development facilities in Scotland; and if he will give the corresponding figures for 1979.

Mr. Rifkind

The latest results on the number of plants in the electronics industry, taken from the regional data system, show that in 1985 there were 212 plants with over 10 employees classified to the electronics sector. There were 166 such electronics plants in 1979. No reliable information is available from this source for plants with less than 10 employees. Comprehensive information on the number of electronics plants with research and development facilities is not available.