Industrial Competitiveness

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 2:22 pm on 12th July 1995.

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Photo of Mr Ian Lang Mr Ian Lang , Galloway and Upper Nithsdale 2:22 pm, 12th July 1995

I wonder whether all the hon. Gentleman's colleagues and hon. Friends agree with him in that sentiment, but I wish he and his hon. Friends on the Opposition Benches would desist from talking down the British economy, which is one of the best performing economies in the industrialised world. Since his party left office in 1979, exports have risen by over 90 per cent. thanks in large measure to the remarkable efforts of the former Minister for Trade, my right hon. Friend the Member for Wiltshire, North (Mr. Needham). On inward investment and mobile projects, this country has attracted more manufacturing projects than Germany and France combined.