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Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

15. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs there were in manufacturing in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006. (111036)

The UK economy is restructuring and the fall in relative share of manufacturing is a common feature of all advanced economies. The fall in manufacturing jobs has been more than balanced by a growth of 3.77 million jobs in other sectors.