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Factory Closures

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many factory closures there have been since May 1979 in (a) the North-West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Kirkby and (d) Ormskirk travel-to-work areas; and how many jobs have been lost in each area;(2) how many factory closures are pending and how many jobs are involved in

(a) the North-West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Kirkby and (d) Ormskirk travel-to-work areas;

(3) how many workers have been made redundant since May 1979 in (a) the North-West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Kirkby and (d) Ormskirk travel-to-work areas.

There are no comprehensive statistics of closures or redundancies. The available information on closures and redundancies, involving ten or more employees, reported to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur in the requested areas is given in the following table.

Closures and redundancies reported as due to occur

May 1979 to November 1981 (inclusive)

*

Pending, from December 1981

Redundancies

Closures

Closures

Number of establishments

Number of employees involved

Number of establishments

Number of employees involved

North-West Region201,3371,13680,489211,380
Merseyside special development area56,07622715,7213100
Kirkby employment office area5,278202,168
Ormskirk2,20512656

* Including provisional figures for October and November 1981.