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Job Creation

Volume 116: debated on Friday 15 May 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what is his estimate of new jobs created in the economy in each year from 1979 to 1986, divided between (i) full-time jobs, (ii) part-time jobs and (iii) self-employed people.

Employed labour force in Great Britain (adjusted seasonal variations)
Difference between June of each yearFull-timePart-timeOf which all self-employed
1986 (June)–1986 (December)61,00080,00052,000
Since 1983 the total employed labour force has grown by 1,130,000 with increases in full-time and part-time employment and self-employment.

asked the Paymaster General how many new jobs have been created in Bolton as a result of Government measures (a) since 1979 and (b) since 1983; and if he will break this down between (i) the enterprise allowance scheme, (ii) help to local enterprise agencies, (iii) the community programme, (iv) regional grants and (v) other measures.

It is not possible to give the information in the form requested. Since May 1979 Department of Trade and Industry selective assistance in the Bolton and Bury travel-to-work area will support the creation of about 2,200 new jobs and help safeguard about a further 2,100 if the prospects go ahead as planned; since 1983 the corresponding figures are 1,200 new jobs and 880 safeguarded.The number of participants on the community programme and enterprise allowance scheme in the Manchester north-west area since 1983 were 17,682 and 3,113 respectively. Participant figures for the community programme and enterprise allowance scheme are not available prior to 1983. The local enterprise agency, Bolton Business Venture, which last year received £20,000 support under the Government's local enterprise agency grant scheme, reported in 1986 that since its inception in 1983 it has given advice to some 2,000 people and had helped in the creation of over 700 jobs.We shall continue to pursue sound economic policies for steady growth and low inflation which have so far produced more than a million new jobs since 1983.