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Labour Statistics

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest estimate of the number of self-employed in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Self-employment in Scotland is at its highest ever recorded level. The number, estimated to be 242,000 in December 1989, has grown by more than 50 per cent. in the last decade. This is an excellent reflection of the spirit of enterprise in Scotland.