HC Deb 14 December 1983 vol 50 c480W
44. Mr. Bruce

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to bring the United Kingdom's balance of trade for manufactured goods back into surplus.

Mr. Butcher

In view of the large surpluses on trade in oil and invisibles it is unnecessary for the Government to do more than they are doing, which is providing the right conditions for manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom to become more efficient and competitive.