Civil Aviation Industry

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire 2:30 pm, 6th November 2001

Is the Secretary of State aware that the consumer confidence barometer—a monthly survey compiled for the European Commission—shows an alarming drop in confidence in the UK, including Scotland? That is bad news for the aerospace industry and jobs, as is the Prestwick announcement. Does she know that the figures show the biggest drop in confidence since last year's fuel crisis? Have not increased taxation, increased red tape and increased burdens on business—all of which were introduced by Labour in Scotland—left the aviation industry less well placed to face a world economic downturn?