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Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many United Kingdom foundries closed in 1989; and how many are still in production.

The Business Statistics Office's figures for the number of foundries which were in production in 1989 will not be available until towards the end of this year. The comparable figure for 1988 was published in table 8 of the Central Statistical Office "Business Monitor" report on the census of production 1988—PA311.