§ Mr. Robert Howarth
asked the Minister of Technology what are the latest indications of the trend in export orders in the engineering industries.
§ Mr. Benn
The publication of figures of orders and deliveries in the Engineering Industries will be delayed by Christmas. However, the latest seasonally adjusted figures for export net new orders remain high. Over the 3-month period August-October the average level was 8 per cent. higher than in the preceding period. In the 11 months since devaluation export orders have risen nearly 11 per cent. above the level of the 11 months preceding devaluation.