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Companies (Employees)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give by standard economic planning region the number of companies employing under 100 and under 500, respectively, showing the total number employed by each group in each region and indicating where possible how many of these companies are privately owned.

The only information available in my Department on this subject relates to local manufacturing units—rather than companies—recorded in the register of businesses maintained by the Business Statistics Office (BSO). The latest date for which a size breakdown by region is available is 1972.Because the BSO's register of businesses is not wholly reliable for units employing 1–10 persons, no regional breakdown has been attempted. It is estimated, however, that in 1972 there were about 50,000 units employing in total about 250,000 in this size range in manufacturing industry. The detailed regional data for the size bands 11–99 employees and 100–499 employees are given in the accompanying table.The employment figures are, in the main, taken from Census of Production returns and are the average numbers employed in the units over a period of 12 months as reported in the census. Additional employment information is obtained from the Annual Census of Employment.

summary table for units employing 1–499
Employment Size Group
Country/Region (as at 1972)0–1011–99100–499
Number of Units· ·1,692550
Employment· ·55,651128,154
Yorkshire and Humberside:
Number of Units· ·4,4621,285
Employment· ·147,721271,688
East Midlands:
Number of Units· ·3,447981
Employment· ·116,209204,554
East Anglia:
Number of Units· ·1,256281
Employment· ·41,99661,807
South East:
Number of Units· ·15,5662,767
Employment· ·467,119574,930
South West
Number of Units· ·2,363569
Employment· ·76,317120,651
West Midlands:
Number of Units· ·5,4761,402
Employment· ·180,167299,492
North West:
Number of Units· ·5,7671,608
Employment· ·192,750350,679
Number of Units· ·1,367462
Employment· ·45,74799,804
Number of Units· ·3,800928
Employment· ·123,840197,755
Northern Ireland:
Number of Units· ·746307
Employment· ·27,91867,386
Total number of Units50,000*45,94211,140
Total Employment250,000*1,475,4352,376,900
· · Not available.
* Estimate.