Manufacturing Industry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:20 pm on 16th October 1991.

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Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Secretary of State for Employment 6:20 pm, 16th October 1991

I invite the hon. Gentleman to disabuse himself of the misapprehensions under which he is, evidently sincerely, labouring. If he visits the Nissan plant in the north-east, he will find out how it has trained its workers to reach levels of skill of an extremely high order. This morning, Nissan was one of the 28 companies to qualify as "investors in people" —the highest accolade that we have in our training policies and programmes. I invite the hon. Gentleman to visit Nissan to see the steps it has taken to train British workers. I am sure that Toyota will do exactly the same in Derbyshire.