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Manufacturing Industry (Output)

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 23 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to seek to boost the output of manufacturing industry.

I intend to encourage the growth of manufacturing industry through the further development of a climate which encourages enterprise and in which business can become more competitive, and through various forms of assistance to business. The success of this policy is already evident. Manufacturing output has risen 11 per cent. since the trough of the recession in the first quarter of 1981.