HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 c881W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will estimate the numbers employed in the United Kingdom in the construction of railway locomotives and their component equipment, including engines.

Mr. Lee

In August 1987 there were an estimated 14,000 employees in employment in the railway and tramway vehicles industry (activity heading 3620 of the 1980 standard industrial classification) in Great Britain. The figure includes employees engaged in the manufacture of major sub-assemblies and the manufacture and repair of railway and tramway rolling stock.

The estimate is subject to considerable potential estimation error due to the relatively small number of employees in the industry.

Figures for the United Kingdom are not available.