§ Lord Granville of Eye
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether in view of the increasing replacement of labour by micro- and electronic technology they will set up a commission of inquiry into the expansion of leisure industries.
The Earl of Gowrie
In its reportThe Manpower Implications of Micro-Electronic Technology, published in December 1979, the Department of Employment concluded that although the long-term effects of the technology would be far reaching, the changes would be neither as sudden nor as disruptive as was once feared.
The Government do not propose to set up a commission of inquiry into the expansion of the leisure industries; but it is understood that the Select Committee on Unemployment is likely to comment on this whole area.