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Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed in the steel industry in each of the last five years and in each of the last 18 months for which figures are available.

The following table shows final mid-year estimates from June 1970 to June 1973 and provisional monthly estimates thereafter. The midyear figures are from a new series of statistics prepared on a continuous basis so that past estimates are consistent with those for the latest date. The estimates for each month from July 1973 have been made by applying a ratio of change, as shown by a sample survey, to the latest mid-year figures which are for June 1973. The monthly estimates are subject to revision when the results of the June 1974 annual census of employment become available.

Estimated numbers of employees in employment in Iron and Steel (general) and Steel tubes in Great Britain

June 1970344,100
June 1971322,700
June 1972302,600
June 1973300,700
July 1973*301,600
August 1973*302,700
September 1973*303,200
October 1973*302,400
November 1973*301,800
December 1973*301,900
January 1974*299,900
February 1974*299,400
March 1974*298,000
April 1974*297,800
May 1974*297,300
June 1974*299,400
July 1974*300,700
August 1974*302,800
September 1974*303,300
October 1974*304,600
November 1974*305,200
December 1974*306,400
January 1975*306,200
February 1975*307,300
March 1975*308,200


Iron and steel (general) and Steel tubes are Minimum List Headings 311 and 312 of the Standard Industrial Classification.