HC Deb 06 December 1995 vol 268 c289W
Dr. Lynne Jones

To ask the President of the Board of Trade under which Labour Government since 1965 jobs in manufacturing fell at the rate of 700,000 a year, as indicated in his oral answer of 1 November to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-east (Mr. Purchase)Official Report column 297; and what information he has on the number of jobs in manufacturing in each year since 1965. [1617]

Mr. Oppenheim

Manufacturing employment under the last labour Government fell by 680,000. That is a rate of 136,000 a year.

Manufacturing output also declined by 0.5 per cent. a year for 1974 to 1979. Since 1979 it has increased by 0.7 per cent. a year.