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Redundancy

Volume 894: debated on Tuesday 24 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish figures showing the number of employees made redundant as reported to his Department since the Redundancy Payments Act 1965 and the estimated number made redundant over the same period who were not eligible for redundancy pay under the provisions of the Act and therefore not so reported.

Although many employers inform the employment services voluntarily of redundancies in their organisations, there is no statutory duty on them to do so. The information which is available therefore relates to those employees in respect of whom payments have been made from the Redundancy Fund, and this information is given below:

Year or periodNumber of employees for whom Fund payments made
6.12.65–31.12.66138,895
1967249,782
1968264,491
1969250,764
1970275,563
1971370,306
1972297,120
1973176,919
1974182,161
1.1.75–31.3.7570,657
No definite information is available about redundant workers who do not qualify for statutory payments. Such information could be obtained only at unreasonable cost and would not in any case be very meaningful since it would include, inter alia, all those coming to the end of fixed-term contracts, for example seasonal workers.