§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy to adopt a target of increasing productivity rates in Wales by at least 5 per cent. in each year for the forthcoming decade.
§ Mr. David Hunt
I intend to continue the policies that have created the framework within which manufacturing productivity in Wales has risen from 7 per cent. below the United Kingdom average, in 1980, to 6 per cent. above the United Kingdom average, in 1990. Over this same period, United Kingdom manufacturing productivity itself grew faster than in any other country in the G7, including Japan.