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Steel Industry

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many men were employed in the steel industry in 1967 in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively; and how many he estimates will be employed in 1982.

The number of males employed in the steel industry in June 1967 in England, Scotland and Wales was 203,800, 30,100 and 70,400, respectively.Rationalisation, improved technology and higher productivity have reduced the number of workers in the industry, and further reductions are likely. It is not, however, possible to forecast with any degree of certainty how many workers will be employed in the industry in 1982.