HC Deb 01 February 1984 vol 53 c245W
16. Mr. Colin Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on trends in volume of output in manufacturing.

Mr. Tebbit

The upward trend in the volume of output in manufacturing is continuing. In the three months to November 1983 manufacturing output was ½ per cent. higher than in the previous three months and 2 per cent. higher than in the same three months of 1982. Yesterday's CBI survey results strogly suggest that manufacturing output will continue to improve over the coming months.