HC Deb 27 January 1992 vol 202 c426W
24. Mr. Peter Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the number of people directly employed in the United Kingdom in(a) the nuclear industry, (b) the opencast coal sector and (c) the offshore oil and gas industry.

Mr. Wakeham

Latest available estimates of numbers of people directly employed are: some 40,000 in the United Kingdom's nuclear energy industry as at 31 March 1991; some 8,500 in the United Kingdom's opencast coal sector in 1991; and some 36,500 in the offshore oil and gas industry in 1990.