§ 9. Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what advice he gives to British manufacturers whose overseas customers have to wait a long time before they can get delivery of the goods they wish to buy.
§ Mr. Deakins
Is the Minister satisfied with the fact that this country produces a number of world-beating industrial products, such as the Land Rover, the Range Rover and the Rolls-Royce, and yet it has not, in 30 years, increased investment and output sufficiently to satisfy overseas demands and avoid waiting lists of up to two years in many parts of the world?
§ Mr. Nott
I agree. This has been one of the tragedies of the past decade. I take the hon. Gentleman's example. It is only now that we have a huge increase in Land Rover capacity coming on-stream and yet there has been a tremendous demand for British Land Rovers all over the world. I am delighted that we now have the production. Let us hope that we can sell the cars.
§ Sir Frederick Burden
Is it not true that if there were fewer strikes the delivery of high-cost capital goods from this country to our overseas customers would be much more prompt in many instances?
§ Mr. Spriggs
Is the Secretary of State aware that it is important that people who use cars should show a little self-discipline and not expect the Government to legislate to curtail imports? We, the citizens of this country, should discipline ourselves to buy British.
§ Mr. Gummer
Does my right hon. Friend agree that we could do more to get our goods delivered on time if we improved the productivity of British industry? Is it not true that the major stop on that productivity is the continual use of out-of-date work practices, which are constantly covered up by Labour Members demanding import controls? Let us put our own house in order first before we introduce import controls.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
Does the Secretary of State never have a word of rebuke for inefficient management? Is it only trade unions which suffer his attacks? Is there not a case for the Government trying to do something positive to bring industrial democracy to this country?