Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Manufacturing Productivity on 15th February 1989.
Mr. Sumberg To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what amount productivity has increased among manufacturing firms in the north-west over the last two years for which figures are available.
Mr. Major Figures for productivity growth in the north-west are not available. Manufacturing industry throughout the regions has achieved significant improvements in productivity. In the three months up to November 1988, manufacturing productivity in the United Kingdom as a whole was 14½ per cent. higher than in the corresponding period two years earlier.