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Manufacturing Sector

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 10th July 2008.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party 10:30 am, 10th July 2008

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to refer to the EEF's recent report, which shows that manufacturing is now in a far better position in relation to economic pressures than it was under previous Conservative Governments, for example, when manufacturing bore the brunt of such problems. As she says, however, the credit crunch and rising energy costs will have an impact on manufacturing. Will she ensure that she sticks closely not only to the employers but to the trade unions in manufacturing, to ensure that the sector comes out of this time of economic pressure maintaining as many manufacturing jobs as possible?

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