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Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 1982W, on manufacturing, if he will clarify which part of the information provided indicates how many jobs there were in manufacturing in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006. (112505)

The UK economy is restructuring away from manufacturing towards services, like other advanced economies around the world. According to the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey, manufacturing jobs have fallen from 4.51 million in 1997 to 3.32 million jobs now. This has been balanced by a growth of 3.77 million jobs in other sectors.