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Male Employees (Productivity)

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current male employee activity rate in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively; and what it was in each of the last five years on the most convenient date.

Estimates of male activity rates in England, Scotland and Wales for 1971, 1975 and 1977, the most recent date for which information is available, are shown below:

MALE ACTIVITY RATE—PER CENT·*
197119751977
England81·479·778·6
Scotland81·379·579·0
Wales78·878·775·6
* The percentage of the male population aged 16 and over which is in the civilian labour force. The 1971 figures are based on the census of population and those for 1975 and 1977 on the biennial EEC labour force survey. The latter is a sample survey whose results are subject to sampling errors; small differences in the results, therefore, may not be significant.
† Provisional.