HC Deb 08 February 1990 vol 166 c763W
Mr. Worthington

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many self-employed people there were in Scotland in every year since 1979; and how this figure is calculated.

Mr. Lang

The table shows the estimated number of self-employed people in Scotland in September of each year from 1979 to 1989, the latest date for which estimates are available. Self-employment in Scotland is estimated to have increased by over 40 per cent. in the past 10 years.

Estimates of the self-employed in Scotland up to mid-1988 are based on the 1981 census of population and the results of the labour force surveys carried out between 1981 and 1988. The provisional estimates for dates after June 1988 have been made on the assumption that the average annual rate of growth in self-employment in Scotland between June 1981 and June 1988, as shown by the labour force survey, has continued.

Estimated number of self-employed in Scotland
September Number thousands
1979 159
1980 153
1981 153
1982 168
1983 181
1984 189
1985 201
1986 202
1987 199
1988 217
1989 227

Source: Department of Employment