Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Employment on 26th January 1989.
Mr. Devlin To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the growth of (a) self-employment and (b) part-time employment in the United Kingdom since 1979.
Mr. Major Between June 1979 and September 1988 the number of self-employed people in Great Britain rose by 60 per cent. to nearly 3 million. Over the same period, the part-time work force in employment rose by 30 per cent. to more than 6 million.