HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 c156W
66. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he accounts for the fall in industrial production in Britain in 1952 as compared with 1951; and what steps he proposes to take to enable Britain to raise her levels of production and exports.

Mr. R. A. Butler

This whole question was fully discussed in this House during the debate on the Gracious Speech, and I have little to add at present to the statements which my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and I made on that occasion. I am glad to see, however, that the provisional estimate for industrial production in October confirms previous indications that some recovery in production is now taking place, no doubt helped by a moderate revival of world demand for textiles and by the recent improvement in steel supplies.