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Tobacco Industry

Volume 21: debated on Tuesday 30 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons in employment depend on the tobacco industry for their jobs.

About 26,200 people were estimated to be directly employed in the manufacture of tobacco products in Great Britain in December 1981. The equivalent figure for Northern Ireland for June 1978 was 6,400 people. It is not possible to estimate the numbers employed in ancillary industries such as retailing, packaging and the manufacture of specialised machinery.