HC Deb 05 November 1986 vol 103 c463W
16. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the most recent figure for output in manufacturing industry; and how this compares with the figure for the same month seven years ago.

Mr. Pattie

The hon. Member will appreciate that monthly data can be erratic. However, since the trough of the recession in 1981 manufacturing output has increased by 12 per cent. to reach a level of 104.1 in August 1986, based on 1980 equal to 100. This was some 2½ per cent. lower than the level of output in August 1979.

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