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Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will make a statement on the movement in the value of manufacturing net income and outputs in 1975–76 and the anticipated movements over the next five years.

Manufacturing net output increased by 3·3 per cent. between 1975 and 1976. Any forecast is bound to be highly speculative, but I hope that over the next five years a similar rate of increase can be maintained.