HC Deb 09 March 1982 vol 19 c355W
Q5. Mr. Eggar

asked the Prime Minister whether she is satisfied with the level of demand in the economy.

The Prime Minister

Many indicators point to an improved level of activity. During the second half of last year total output recovered by 1 per cent. and manufacturing output by some 2 per cent. Last year saw more vacancies, more overtime and a dramatic fall in short-time working. New orders in volume terms increased by nearly 20 per cent. in engineering and 10 per cent. in construction last year compared with the second half of 1980.

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