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Volume 32: debated on Friday 26 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundancies there have been in (a) the textile industry and (b) the construction industry in the Macclesfield travel-to-work area in 1982.

There are no comprehensive statistics on redundancies. Thirty redundancies, involving groups of 10 or more employees, were reported as due to percentages in the United Kingdom, in other member States of the European Economic Community and in Norway, Switzerland and Austria; and if he will publish a table showing the comparable figures in the same month of each of the past 10 years for each nation.

The unemployment percentage rates for September each year are as follows. These are not directly comparable owing to national differences in coverage, concepts of unemployment and methods of compilation.The figures for European Community member States are compiled by the statistical office of the European Communities (SOEC), and are based on national data of numbers of people registered at public employment offices, expressed as a percentage of the civilian working population. Figures for the United Kingdom have not yet been revised by the SOEC on to the new claimant basis.The rates for Norway, Switzerland and Austria are the number of people registered at employment offices expressed as a percentage of the total employees.occur in the textile industry (Order XIII) in the Macclesfield travel-to-work area, between January and October

* 1982; none was notified in the construction industry (Order XX).

* This includes provisional figures for September and October 1982.