HC Deb 24 February 1983 vol 37 cc531-2W
Mr. Chapman

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the increase in manufacturing output per man hour during the past three years.

Mr. Brittan

Manufacturing output per man hour in the fourth quarter of 1982 was 8.25 per cent. higher than three years earlier.

Mr. Ashton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects any recovery in the economy to be reflected in levels of manufacturing output, and employment.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

The Industry Act forecast published in my autumn statement projected a small rise in manufacturing output during 1983, against the background of 1.5 per cent. growth in GDP. I shall be publishing a further forecast with my Budget statement on 15 March. Prospects for employment depend on continued progress towards realism in wage bargaining.