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Manufacturing Industry

Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what action he intends to take to halt the fall in manufacturing output.

Manufacturing output is determined by demand for our goods and not by State intervention. The fall in output partly reflects the effect of the steel strike, but the main cause is our continuing poor level of international competitiveness. The Government will continue to tackle our underlying problems of inflation and supply side deficiencies.