§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of employees (whole time equivalent) in(a) the United Kingdom cotton spinning industry and (b) the European cotton spinning industry in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
Estimates of the number of full and part-time employees in employment are available for the United Kingdom from the periodic censuses of employment and are given in the table. The information collected in the census is not sufficiently detailed to support the accurate calculation of full-time equivalents. Comparable estimates for the European cotton spinning industry are not readily available.
Employees in employment in the United Kingdom cotton spinning industry1 September Full-time Part-time2 All 1981 22.8 2.6 25.4 1984 15.5 1.7 17.1 1987 18.9 1.5 20.4 19893 14.7 1.1 15.9 1 Activity heading 4321 of the Standard Industrial Classification 1980. 2 Part-timers are defined as those working not more than 30 hours per week. 3 Latest currently available.