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Wool Textile Industry

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, in the light of the European Commission's view that assistance to the textile industry should now be harmonised rather than prohibited, he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on assistance to the wool textile industry in the United Kingdom.

It is the Government's policy to create the right long-term environment in which all manufacturing industry can become more efficient. The wool textile industry has already received substantial aid under the temporary short-time working compensation scheme and under two specific sectoral schemes under section 8 of the Industry Act 1972. I have no plans to introduce any further specific schemes for the industry.