HC Deb 23 January 1978 vol 942 cc427-8W
25. Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on progress of the industrial strategy.

Mr. Alan Williams

At its next meeting on 1st February the National Economic Development Council will be considering the end-year reports which sector working parties have just submitted. I am confident that, through the efforts of all the parties involved, the industrial strategy will secure an improved international trading performance by manufacturing industry.

33. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Industry in what ways the industrial strategy has contributed to recovery in productivity on the part of British manufacturing industry.

Mr. Alan Williams

Despite the deepest world recession for 40 years, genuine progress has been made in establishing conditions in which British industry can do well at home and abroad.