Scottish Industries (Contraction)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1972.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 2nd May 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has received of likely contraction of already established industries in Scotland this year; what are the industries and the numbers involved; and what assistance his Department intends to give in finding other alternative employment.

Photo of Mr Robin Chichester-Clark Mr Robin Chichester-Clark , County Londonderry

According to information so far received by my Department about 10,600 redundancies in existing firms are due to occur in Scotland this year. All the resources of my Department will be made available as appropriate to those workpeople who need help in obtaining alternative employment. I will, with permission, circulate an industrial analysis of the redundancies in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that announcements of new job prospects in Scotland are seriously overtaken by announcements of contraction in established industries? Would he not agree that it would be helpful if the Government were to pursue a policy aimed at holding the jobs we have in established industries? Is lie aware that if they do not do this, the unemployment figures, terrifying now, will be even more terrifying next winter?

Photo of Mr Robin Chichester-Clark Mr Robin Chichester-Clark , County Londonderry

We take the position very seriously indeed. The redundancy position is somewhat better. The figures were 5,900 for the first three months of 1970 and 14,900 for the first three months of 1971. Obviously it is not possible to predict what will happen in the next few months, but certainly the first quarter's figures for this year show an encouraging drop.

Photo of Mr Robert Maclennan Mr Robert Maclennan Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland)

When did the firm of Burroughs tell the Government that it would be laying off 1,000 workers?

Photo of Mr Robin Chichester-Clark Mr Robin Chichester-Clark , County Londonderry

I should like notice of that. It is a rather different question.

Photo of Mr Jimmy Hamilton Mr Jimmy Hamilton , Bothwell

The Minister will be aware that I have had a meeting with him and corresponded with him about the redundancies in my constituency. In addition I have a Question down about this. Does he realise that there have been further redundancies not only in my con- situency but outside, it, involving many of my constituents? Can he tell us once and for all what are the Government's intentions towards Scotland as a whole?

Photo of Mr Robin Chichester-Clark Mr Robin Chichester-Clark , County Londonderry

The new regional measures recently announced should be a great help. I know of the hon. Gentleman's particular difficulties and, as he says, we are keeping in particularly close touch.

Following is the information:

REDUNDANCIES RECORDED AS DUE TO OCCUR INSCOTLAND—1972
IndustryNumber of work Industry people involved
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing16
Mining and Quarrying378
Food, Drink and Tobacco980
Coal and Petroleum Products
Chemical and Allied Industries51
Metal Manufacture607
Mechanical Engineering2,110
Instrument Engineering373
Electrical Engineering673
Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering577
Vehicles461
Metal Goods not elsewhere specified443
Textiles887
Leather, Leather Goods and Fur
Clothing and Footwear493
Bricks, Pottery, Glass, Cement etc.291
Timber, Furniture etc261
Paper. Printing and Publishing385
Other Manufacturing Industries161
Construction372
Gas, Electricity and Water107
Transport and Communication228
Distributive Trades463
Insurance, Banking, Finance and Business Services
Professional and Scientific Services
Miscellaneous Services138
Public Administration and Defence176
Total10,631