HC Deb 04 April 1989 vol 150 cc153-4W
Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will state the numbers of jobs within the area of the London docklands development corporation from 1981 to the latest convenient date which(a) have ceased to exist within the area, (b) have been transferred into the area from elsewhere, (c) have been originated in the area as new employment and (d) now exist in the area, and the number in (c) above expressed as a percentage of (d).

Mr. Trippier

The LDDC/RISU employment survey, conducted in 1987, showed that 36,385 jobs existed in the LDDC area in companies responding to the survey. Of this total, 15,724 jobs were in companies which had moved to London Docklands since 1981; 4,593 jobs were in companies originating in the area since 1981; and 16,068 were in companies present throughout the period. Jobs in companies originating in the area since 1981 therefore accounted for 12.6 per cent. of the total number of jobs at the time of the survey.

The 1981 annual census of employment counted 27,123 jobs in London Docklands. There was therefore a net increase of 9,172 jobs in the area between 1981 and 1987. By 1987 companies which were not present in 1981 accounted for 20,318 jobs.

The survey report deduces that 11,145 jobs were lost in companies present throughout the period and in companies which ceased trading in the area.

All figures from the 1987 survey relate to jobs recorded in "employment establishments" only. In addition, there were 5,668 people employed in "other employments". The estimated response rate to the survey was 93 per cent.