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Employment Changes 1948-98, by Industry

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics, who has been asked to reply.

Letter to Lord Marlesford from the Economics Statistics Director of the Office for National Statistics, Mr John Kidgell, dated 19 April 2000.

The Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been asked to reply to your recent question on employment changes by industry in the United Kingdom since 1948. I am replying in the Director's absence.

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The data requested appears in the attached table. The figures for 1948 to 1968 are based on information from British Labour Statistics Historical Abstract 1886-1968. For the years 1978 to 1998, figures are based on employment surveys in the nearest available year.

You should be aware that the figures given in the reply are based on industry classifications that have changed several times since 1948, and therefore some estimates may not be strictly comparable over time.

Employee Jobs in United Kingdom

Coal mining79478248229511816
Ports and docks156156136663625
Steel production2683063292719948
Motor vehicle manufacture280316475474108101
Textile manufacture993931737488228180
Column Totals4,0923,7782,9932,3631,118791

Index (1948 = 100)

Coal Mining100986137152
Ports and docks10010087422316
Steel production1001141231013718
Motor vehicle manufacture1001131691693936
Textile manufacture1009474492318
Index of column totals1009273582719


(1) The figures are arranged according to the five versions of the Standard Industrial Classification in use from 1948 to date. For this reason the figures are broadly comparable but there may be some fine definitional differences in certain industries.

(2) The 1988 figures are interpolations based on the 1987 and 1989 Censuses of Employment. There was no Census of Employment in 1988.

A.80 Motorway

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it is intended to upgrade the A.80 motorway between Stepps and Haggs; and, if so, when the work is likely to be undertaken.[HL1978]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: Decisions on road and transport projects and priorities within Scotland are devolved so this is now a matter for the Scottish executive.

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