HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 c471W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his forecast of the percentage increase in manufacturing output in 1984; and how this compares with the percentage increase in imports of manufactures.

Mr. Channon

My Department does not provide economic forecasts. Published figures indicate that the index of output of manufacturing industries was 3 per cent. higher in the first 11 months of 1984 than in the corresponding period a year earlier. In 1984 as a whole the import volume index of manufactured goods was some 10 per cent. higher than in 1983.