HC Deb 12 July 1984 vol 63 c669W
46. Mr. Richard Shepherd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is satisfied with the present rate of investment of United Kingdom business.

Mr. Peter Rees

Business investment is on a strongly rising trend with an increase of over 10 per cent. in the six months to March 1984 compared with the corresponding period a year earlier. Investment by service industries is at an all-time high. The Department of Trade and Industry's latest investment intentions survey indicates an increase of over 9 per cent. in 1984 with a further, though smaller, increase in 1985.