asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the number of persons currently employed in the steel industry in Scotland; and how this figure compared with that of 1974.
The latest information about employment in the steel industry in Scotland is for June 1976. Estimates are made quarterly, however, for the somewhat larger metal manufacturing group of industries and she latest of these are for December 1977. Following is the information available:May 1978. Leaflets explaining the new arrangements will be available from the regional and headquarters officers of my Department from that date. A copy will be placed in the Library.Parliamentary approval for this new service will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for the DE vote. Pending that approval, any necessary expenditure will be met by repayable advances from the Contingencies Fund.