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Ports (Manpower Statistics)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many registered dockworkers were employed by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company on 1 January in each of the years 1979 to 1985, inclusive;(2) how many people were in the employment of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company on 1 January in each of the years 1979 to 1985, inclusive;(3) how many people were in the employment of the Port of London Authority on 1 January in each of the years 1979 to 1985, inclusive;(4) how many registered dockworkers were employed by the Port of London Authority on 1 January in each of the years 1979 to 1985, inclusive.

The information requested is as follows:

YearMDHCPLA
RDWSTotalRDWSTotal
19793,7747,8494,9339,271
19803,2606,8064,5788,597
19812,9896,3033,7006,504
19822,2155,1252,8515,269
19831,4063,2882,3154,405
19841,4973,1141,9483,601
19851,3492,8381,6913,245

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have left the employment of (a) the Port of London Authority and (b) the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company in each of the last four years; and, of these, how many were registered dockworkers.

The information requested is as follows:

PLA YearRDWSNon-RDWSTotal
19811,0634351,498
19828013861,187
19835284741,002
1984348124472
MDHC
19817094781,198
19828231,0141,837
198395287382
1984147129276

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many new recruits were employed by (a) the Port of London Authority and (b) the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company in each of the last four years; and, of these, how many were employed as registered dockworkers.

The information requested is as follows:

PLA
RDWsNon-RDWs
RecruitsRe-allocation*Recruits†
1981Nil21449
1982Nil26558
1983Nil12720
1984Nil10625
* The RDWs reallocated to the PLA are those surplus to other employers in the ports of London.
† Of the 152 recruits, 43 were apprentices or specialist staff. The remaining 109 were temporary cleaners where there was a higher turnover of staff.
MDHC
RDWsNon-RDWs
RecruitsRe-Allocations*Recruits†
1981Nil9Nil
1982NilNil3
1983Nil2084
1984NilNilNil

Notes

* RDWs reallocated to MDHC were surplus to other employers in the port of Liverpool, the employers being in 1981, Huskisson Transit Company, and in 1983, West Coast Stevedoring Company.

† The only non-rdws recruited by MDHC were for specialist senior staff posts.

The figures exclude recruitment of temporary employees by Neptune Security Ltd., a subsidiary of MDHC, hiring security wardens on short-term contracts.