Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:51 pm on 10th March 1999.

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Photo of Mr Martin O'Neill Mr Martin O'Neill Chair, Trade & Industry Committee 4:51 pm, 10th March 1999

A number of workers employed by Coats Viyella in my constituency have lost their jobs because Marks and Spencer has decided to switch its production to third-world countries. Does the right hon. Gentleman think that the answer is a reduction in salaries and pay to third-world levels? If not, he should address the issues and tell the House his alternatives.