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Redundancies (Birmingham)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundancies have been notified to his Department in Birmingham since 1 January ; and how many were redundancies of men, women and young people respectively.

The number of proposed redundancies in Birmingham which have been notified to my Department under the redundancy handling provision; of the Employment Protection Act 1975, from 1 January to 31 May, involved 13,079 employees employed at 204 establishments.During the same period 1,134 redundancies at 30 establishments were formally withdrawn. There is no statutory requirement to notify my Department when proposed redundancies do not take place.I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the number of redundancies notified to it as due to occur in Birmingham, from 1 January to 31 May, involved 2,954 employees. This figure is provisional, since some notifications are received late.Both Department of Employment and Manpower Services Commission figures are for redundancies involving 10 or more employees.No breakdown of the figures as requested is available.