HC Deb 10 December 1981 vol 14 cc463-4W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many females are employed full-time in manufacturing; and how many of these are opted-out married women and widows.

Mrs. Chalker

1,300,700 females were employed full-time in Great Britain in June 1981 in manufacturing industries. 3,347,614 married women and widows were recorded as paying reduced rate contributions in the 1979–80 tax year, but I regret that the number in manufacturing industries is not known.