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Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has as to the total number of redundancies in the steel industry in (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom as a whole since 1979.

The number of redundancies, involving 10 or more employees, reported to the employment service confirmed as due to occur in the metal manufacture (Class 22 of standard industrial classification 1980. Includes nonferrous metal manufacturing industry) between January 1979 and October 1987 (Includes provisional figures for September and October 1987) are (a) 37,361 in Wales, and (b) 197,343 in Great Britain. Figures for Northern Irelnd are available only from 1984).