Manufacturing Output

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 1:45 pm on 19th June 1996.

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Photo of Mr Philip Oppenheim Mr Philip Oppenheim , Amber Valley 1:45 pm, 19th June 1996

My hon. Friend is, as ever, a good advocate for his own constituency. He is right to point out that two high-tech industries that have done well in Britain over the past 17 years are pharmaceuticals and aerospace. Close to my own constituency is Rolls-Royce plc, which was almost written off as a basket case in the 1970s but which has since trebled its share of commercial aero-engines and is now a successful, profitable company.