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Redundancy

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many redundancies were notified to his Department and its predecessor in each (a) month of the last five years for which information is available and (b) year since 1997. (252925)

I cannot give the right hon. Member details of the actual number of redundancies as there is no requirement for employers to provide that information. However, employers who propose to make 20 or more redundancies at one establishment are required to notify the Secretary of State of the proposal under provisions contained in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Information on those notifications is only held from January 2006. I have detailed as follows the number of notifications received for each month from January 2006 to December 2008. I should add that these are only proposed, not actual redundancies, therefore the number of actual redundancies that may have taken place would not be the same.

Number

2006

January

35,133

February

32,038

March

27,288

April

21,635

May

33,578

June

23,950

July

21,122

August

27,971

September

35,031

October

26,247

November

48,754

December

19,248

Total

351,995

2007

January

32,325

February

21,205

March

67,232

April

18,055

May

20,688

June

26,919

July

23,985

August

62,960

September

40,068

October

33,360

November

17,034

December

36,434

Total

400,265

2008

January

29,626

February

19,875

March

34,149

April

30,222

May

26,387

June

18,720

July

37,505

August

18,177

September

30,691

October

42,829

November

45,855

December

69,660

Total

403,696

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many notifications his Department and its predecessor received of businesses making 20 or more employees redundant in each month of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many have been received in each year since 1997. (252926)

Employers who propose to make 20 or more redundancies at one establishment are required to notify the Secretary of State of the proposal under provisions contained in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Information on those notifications is only held from January 2006. I have detailed as follows the number of notifications received for each month from January 2006 to December 2008.

Number

2006

January

35,133

February

32,038

March

27,288

April

21,635

May

33,578

June

23,950

July

21,122

August

27,971

September

35,031

October

26,247

November

48,754

December

19,248

Total

351,995

2007

January

32,325

February

21,205

March

67,232

April

18,055

May

20,688

June

26,919

July

23,985

August

62,960

September

40,068

October

33,360

November

17,034

December

36,434

Total

400,265

2008

January

29,626

February

19,875

March

34,149

April

30,222

May

26,387

June

18,720

July

37,505

August

18,177

September

30,691

October

42,829

November

45,855

December

69,660

Total

403,696