§ Mr. John Grant
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list those organisations which have made representations to him for curtailment or abolition of maternity benefit rights and also those organisations which have made representations to him opposing the Government's proposed changes as outlined in his consultative document and subsequent Employment Bill.
§ Mr. Mayhew
[pursuant to his reply, 4 March 1980, c. 110]: The organisations which have made representations in sup394W
employed in undertakings with 19 employees or less; and what proportion of the employed labour force these represent.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
The precise information requested is not available. Some indication can be obtained from the census of employment though this relates to individual workplaces which may not represent undertakings. The unit in the census for which information is reported is usually a complete individual address such as a shop, factory or office. The branches of multiple firms thus constitute separate units. In some cases, there can be more than one census unit for a single address. This happens where the firm supplies information for different groups of employees, eg the monthly and weekly paid, on separate returns.
Analyses of these census units, covering all industries and services except agriculture and horticulture and private domestic service, are available for the size bands given in the table below.
port of one or more of our maternity proposals are:
- (1) Leeds Chamber of Commerce
- (2) Association of Small Businesses and Self-employed People
- (3) Union of Independent Companies
- (4) Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce
- (5) Engineering Employers Federation
- (6) National Federation of Retail Newsagents
- (7) United Kingdom Association of Professional Engineers
- (8) Unquoted Companies Group
- (9) Tees-side Small Business Club
- (10) Confederation of British Industry
- (11) British Institute of Management
- (12) Institute of Personnel Management
- (13) Association of British Chambers of Commerce
- (14) Managerial Professional and Staff Liaison Group
- (15) Federation of Master Builders
- (16) Forum of Private Business Ltd.
- (17) Derby and Derbyshire Chamber of Trade
- (18) Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping
- (19) Advisory Committee on Women's Employment
- (20) Women's National Commission
- (21) National Association of Shopfitters
- (22) North West Securities Ltd.
- (23) National Pharmaceutical Association
- (24) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd.
- (25) Association of County Councils
- (26) Chloride Group Ltd.
- (27) National Association of Master Bakers, Confectioners and Caterers
The organisations which have made representations opposing one or more of our maternity proposals are:
- (1) Trades Union Congress
- (2) Leeds Chamber of Commerce
- (3) Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce
- (4) United Kingdom Association of Professional Engineers
- (5) Advisory Committee on Women's Employment
- (6) Institute of Personnel Management
- (7) Equal Opportunities Commission
- (8) Women's National Commission
- (9) Association of British Chambers of Commerce