HC Deb 30 January 2003 vol 398 c986W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of staff made redundant in the textile industry between 1990 and 2000 found new employment; and in what sectors. [92099]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from L. Cook to Mr. Keith Vaz, dated 30 January 2003: As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question on redundancies in the textile industry.(92099) The available information from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) of households is that a total of 151,000 people were made redundant from the textiles and textile products industry (Standard Industrial Classification 1992 subsection DB) between March 1997 and November 2002. Of these, 32 per cent had found new employment by the time they were interviewed in the LFS up to three months after being made redundant. Of the 151,000 people made redundant, 13 per cent found new employment in the textiles and textile products industry, 19 per cent found new employment in the manufacturing sector as a whole and 13 per cent in the services sector.