Industrial Competitiveness

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1979.

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Photo of Mr David Trippier Mr David Trippier , Rossendale 12:00 am, 12th November 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he is satisfied with the competitiveness of British industry.

Photo of Mr David Trippier Mr David Trippier , Rossendale

Is my right hon. Friend aware that more than 50 per cent. of the work force in my constituency are employed either in textiles or in the footwear industry, both of which are subjected to grossly unfair import competition? In spite of that, neither my right hon. Friend nor his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade seem prepared to do very much about it.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

Representing the constituency that he does, I can see that my hon. Friend is bound to feel that at the margin there is always something more to be done. I must emphasise that, in the careful balance that we must keep, the protection that is now provided, through the multi-fibre arrangement on the one hand and the arrangements for the footwear trade on the other, goes a long way towards reconciling the interests of producers and consumers.