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Volume 23: debated on Friday 14 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many firms have notified his Department of redundancies and cited loss of orders from Argentina or other South American countries as a factor in the redundancies; and if he will name the firms and the total number of redundancies involved.

I am aware of only one such case, involving 60 proposed redundancies. Information given to my Department under section 100 of the Employment Protection Act 1975 is given in confidence.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report figures giving the numbers of redundancies notified in the Ashton-under-Lyne travel-to-work area in the years 1979, 1980 and 1981 in total and subdivided by standard industrial classification order.

There are no comprehensive statistics of redundancies. The numbers of redundancies, in groups of 10 or more employees, reported to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occure in the Ashton-under-Lyne travel-to-work area in 1979, 1980 and 1981 are shown, in total and by Standard Industrial Classification Order, in the following table:

SIC OrderIndustry197919801981
IAgriculture, Forestry and Fishing
IIMining and Quarrying
IIIFood, Drink and Tobacco18648231
IVCoal and Petroleum Products

SIC Order





VChemicals and Allied Industries2110439
VIMetal Manufacture14772158
VIIMechanical Engineering167343617
VIIIInstrument Engineering17
IXElectrical Engineering875593
XShipbuilding and Marine Engineering
XIIMetal Goods not elsewhere specified75360
XIVLeather, Leather Goods and Fur95
XVClothing and Footwear47607130
XVIBricks, Pottery, Glass, Cement etc.35
XVIITimber, Furniture etc.60111
XVIIIPaper, Printing and Publishing71128140
XIXOther Manufacturing Industries158115
XXIGas, Electricity and Water
XXIITransport and Communication
XXIIIDistributive Trades
XXIVInsurance, Banking, Finance and Business Services35177390
XXVProfessional and Scientific Services
XXVIMiscellaneous Services
XXVIIPublic Administration and Defence
All Industries and Services1,0994,9093,121