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Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what plans he has to reverse the accelerating de-industrialisation of Great Britain.

The Government's approach in what will inevitably be a slow process is to abate inflation and crowding-out, encourage enterprise and effort and seek to convince all concerned to recognise that the only way to more jobs, higher real earnings, better public services and better benefits is by co-operation within the work place to achieve continually rising productivity and good profits earned in competition.