§ Mr. Gordon Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate how many companies employing 10 or more workers have (a) started work and (b) announced closures in 1983 and 1984.244W
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
The information is not available in the form requested. There are no comprehensive statistics on companies starting work. However, information available to the Manpower Services Commission indicates that in 1983 and 1984, respectively, there were 222 and 175 establishments in Scotland where closure gave rise to redundancies involving 10 or more workers in those years.