HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 c834W
23. Sir Nicholas Winterton

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the recent performance of the manufacturing industry in Scotland. [65320]

Mrs. McGuire

The manufacturing sector continues to be very important to the economy of Scotland, employing around 281,000 in December 2001 and supporting a further 180,000 jobs in the Scottish economy.