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Lancashire Textile Industry

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report the average numbers of (a) persons employed (b) persons made redundant from employment, and (c) persons onshort-time, in the Lancashire textile industry in each of the years 1969 to 1979, inclusive.

I regret the information is not available in the precise form requested.(

a) The number of persons employed nationally in the Lancashire textile industry—defined as the sector covered by minimum list headings 412 and 413 of the standard industrial classification—in June of each year from 1969 to 1979 inclusive was as follows:

Year

Employees (000's)

1969141·0
1970137·0
1971125·4
1972112·5
1973110·5
1974106·6
197596·5
197691·3
*197790·5
*197884·1
*197980·2
* Figures are provisional

( b) The Manpower Services Commission has informed me that according to its records the total number of workers involved in actual redundancies of 10 or more in the Lancashire textile industry

in each of years 1969 to 1979 was as follows:

Year

Redundancies

19693,193
19704,880
197111,526
19725,430
19731,984
19741,290
19754,725
19763,666
19772,487
19783,690
19795,110

There is no statutory obligation on employers to notify actual redundancies and these figures are not therefore a comprehensive record of all redundancies which have occurred.

( c) Statistics on short-time working are collected in respect of one week in each month. The following table gives the average number of operatives on short-time in the Lancashire textile industry for those 12 weeks each year for the years 1969 to 1979.

Year

Operatives (000's)

19690·3
19701·1
19714·3
19721·0
19730·1
19741·9
19754·6
19761·3
19770·8
19780·6
19791·3

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what estimate he makes of the effect upon employment in the Lancashire textile industry following the ending of the short-time working compensation scheme;(2) what plans he has for assisting the Lancashire textile industry once the short-time working compensation scheme has ended; and if he will make a statement.

The temporary short-time working compensation scheme is open for applications up to 31 March 1980. A decision about the future of the scheme will be made as part of theannual review of the special employment and training measures, which has not yet been completed. My right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement about the scheme very shortly.