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Railway Workshops

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the present level of employment in the British Railways workshops; and what are the prospects for employment in these workshops for each of the next five years.

I understand from the British Railways Board that its workshops currently employ about 35,000 people. Employment prospects over the next five years depend on a number of factors, but I hope that rolling programmes of investment which I have authorised, and the export orders which continue to be won, will help to provide a steady volume of work.