HC Deb 08 April 1982 vol 21 c443W
22. Mr. Ioan Evans

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the latest level of total output; how this compares with the latest level of manufacturing output; and what were the comparable figures for May 1979.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

Activity has risen since last spring. In the fourth quarter, when activity was held down by industrial disputes and the severe weather, GDP was 3¾ per cent., and manufacturring output a little under 15 per cent., below its level on the first half of 1979.