HC Deb 26 January 1989 vol 145 c682W
26. Mr. Devlin

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the growth of(a) self-employment and (b) part-time employment in the United Kingdom since 1979.

Mr. Major

Between June 1979 and September 1988 the number of self-employed people in Great Britain rose by 60 per cent. to nearly 3 million. Over the same period, the part-time work force in employment rose by 30 per cent. to more than 6 million.