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Shipbuilding, Ship Repairing And Marine Engineering

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many persons who have left the marine engineering industry since July 1977 have been retrained for other jobs;

  • (2) how many persons who have left the shipbuilding industry since July 1977 have been retrained for other jobs;
  • (3) how many persons who have left the ship repairing industry since July 1977 have been retrained for other jobs;
  • (4) how many persons who have left the ship repairing industry since July 1977 in the River Tyne area have been retrained for other industries;
  • (5) how many persons who have left the marine engineering industry since July 1977 in the River Tyne area have been retrained for other industries;
  • (6) how many persons who have left the shipbuilding industry since July 1977 in the River Tyne area have been retrained for other industries.
  • [pursuant to his reply, 29 November 1979]: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the only information available is for the shipbuilding industry as defined in the Central Statistical Office's Standard Industrial Classification index. This embraces shipbuilding, ship repairing and marine engineering. Information for each of the categories requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Between July 1977 and November 1979, the latest date for which the information is available, 1,145 people who had left the shipbuilding industry in Great Britain completed retraining for other jobs under the training opportunities scheme, of whom 303 were from the Tyneside and Sunderland area.