§ 5. Mr. Carter
asked the Secretary of State for Employment why information as to the number of employees employed by employers who employ a total of four persons or less is not available.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
This figure would be excessively expensive and time-Consuming to extract. It is known that the number is less than three million but may be nearer to one million.
§ Mr. Carter
That is a staggering reply, particularly since this group of workers is specifically excluded under the unfair dismissal part of the Industrial Relations Bill. Will the Minister bear in mind that some of those workers, particularly agricultural workers, work in extremely precarious industries which are not known for having the best employers in the economy?