Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 23rd November 1992.

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Photo of Mr Bryan Davies Mr Bryan Davies , Oldham Central and Royton 3:30 pm, 23rd November 1992

I share the relief that a damaging trade war with the United States has been averted and that the MFA will continue, to the benefit of my constituents. Will the President of the Board of Trade accept that he should not be so evasive about the other significant trade factor, which is the sign that Britain is not paying its way? Yet again, disastrous balance of payments figures have been recorded. Unless policies that bear on the engineering industry and manufacturing industry generally are changed, the opportunities demonstrated by the GATT round will not be available to the United Kingdom in full measure.