§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many persons are currently employed in the wine-making industry; and in what areas the largest concentrations of such employment are situated;
(2) how many persons are currently employed in the whisky and spirit industries; and in what areas the largest concentrations of such employment are situated.
§ Mr. Golding
The Department's employment statistics are analysed according to complete minimum list headings of the Standard Industrial Classification. The heading for "other drink industries"—MLH 239—covers wines, whisky and other spirits and these individual items are thus not identified separately in the statistics.
It is estimated that there were 32.000 employees in employment in "other drink industries" in Great Britain at August 1976. The employment information available for local areas comes from the annual census of employment: the latest results for June 1975, show that there were large concentrations of these employees in the Dumbarton, Elgin, Glasgow, Harlow, Hereford, Kilmarnock and Paisley areas.