HC Deb 13 July 1989 vol 156 c580W
Mr. Bevan

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many jobs have been created in the last five years in the United Kingdom and in the European Community as a whole.

Mr. Cope

Employment estimates are not yet available for many EC countries after 1987. The table shows the data requested for the five-year period from 1982 to 1987.

Mr. Nicholls

Recent industrial action in certain public sector services has been irresponsible and unnecessary. The Government are considering what needs to be done to protect the public interest, and we shall not hesitate to come forward with appropriate proposals for legislation if that proves necessary.