Manufacturing Output Levels

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

“Strain” is not the word. In the real world, production and manufacturing output remained 6.8% and 2.7% lower respectively in the three months to January 2019, compared with pre-downturn GDP in the first quarter of 2008. After nine years of policy failure, should the Chancellor and his team not stop throwing spanners in the manufacturing works and instead oil the machine?