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Engineering Industry

Volume 827: debated on Monday 6 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what facilities exist in his Department to assess the economics of the engineering industry;

(2) what specific investigations he is currently making into the economics of the engineering industry;

(3) what investigations are being carried out by his Department into the likely effects on the engineering industry of the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community;

(4) what preparations are being made in his Department, in view of the possible entry of the United Kingdom into the European Economic Community, to provide the engineering industry with information on the likely competitive position in relation to the engineering industries of the present six European Economic Community member countries.

My officials closely monitor the economic behaviour of the engineering industry, and carry out studies in greater depth as required. They have already made available to the industry analyses of possible effects of E.E.C. entry.