asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) what recent discussions he has held with trade unions in the cutlery industry about its future organisation and development and job opportunities within the industry;(2) what recent discussions he has held with manufacturers in the cutlery industry about the future development and reorganisation of that industry;
(3) what progress is being made with his Department's special study of the cutlery industry.
There have been no recent substantive discussions with either side of the industry. However, with the completion of the preliminary survey of the industry the way is now clear for the joint industry Goverment working party to consider how the industry's efficiency and competitiveness might be improved. The working party is to hold its first meeting on 2 February.