asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers were made redundant as a result of British electrical and electronic firms ceasing production or transferring their production lines to other countries, whilst retaining a proportionately small number of staff for the purpose of operating the domestic market.
In 1976, 17,266 redundancies were notified to the Employment Services Agency as due to occur in the electrical engineering sector, which includes both electrical and electronic firms. I cannot say how many of these redundancies were caused by the factors outlined by my hon. Friend. Following the report of the NEDC sector working party on electronic components, the Government have introduced a scheme of assistance to assist modernisation, restructuring and the development of new products and have selected the electronic components sector as one of the five sectors of potential growth in which an intensive effort will be made by the Government.