Is my hon. Friend aware that many jobs in Basildon depend on defence contracts? Will he tell the House what he believes would he the impact on defence exports of the establishment of the defence conversion agency, as advocated by the Labour party?
It is absolutely absurd that the most successful parts of British industry in exports should be forced to desist from what they do well and be diverted into work that is thought to be socially acceptable—whoever is the judge of "socially acceptable." It illustrates why the Labour party is so reluctant to go into detail about the agency in its various policy proposals.