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Company Closures (Dundee)

Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many firms in Dundee have notified their closure to the Manpower Services Commission during each year for the years 1977 to 1981 and what is the figure to date for 1982; and, for each year, what has been the number of redundancies incurred by the closures.

Comprehensive information on redundancies and closures is not available. The following table gives the numbers of instances of redundancy involving 10 or more workers and leading to closure of an establishment which have been notified to the Manpower Services Commission as due to occur in Dundee in each of the years since 1977, and the redundancies associated with these closures.

YearInstances of redundancy leading to closureRedundancies associated with closures
1 January to 21 May 19821*46
* Provisional.
Duration of unemploymentNumbers registered as unemployed in April 1982Percentage shareNumbers registered as unemployed in April 1982Percentage share
Up to 6 months5,69937·3142,53743·0
Over 6 months and up to 1 year3,81025·079,27223·9
Over 1 year and up to 2 years3,46922·766,56920·1
Over 2 years and up to 3 years1,0076·621,1276·4
Over 3 years1,2838·421,7336·6

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set out the current number of unemployed in Dundee by standard industrial classification.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Ross) on 16 March 1982—[Vol. 20, c. 101–104.] The August 1981 analysis by industry remains the latest available.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give a breakdown of unemployment in Dundee by age group for the latest date available and show the corresponding figures for 1981.

The information is set out in the following table:

Numbers registered as unemployed in Dundee
Age GroupApril 1982April 1981
Under 18 years1,2501,057
18 to 24 years4,5924,313
25 to 34 years3,7633,539
35 to 44 years2,0651,787
45 to 59 years2,9962,530
60 years and over602610

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many young people (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) under the age of 21 years in Dundee have never had a job since leaving school and are registered unemployed; and what percentage in each case of the total number of school leavers they represent.