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Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what plans the Government have to increase employment in the manufacturing and textile industries in the Blackburn area.

The Government's economic policies are designed to encourage industry throughout the country to become more competitive and expand. As far as textiles are concerned, we are helping the industry by doing all we can to ensure that the European Communities' arrangements under the multi-fibre arrangement are implemented as effectively as possible.