Government: Economic Policies — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 30th January 2013.

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Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury 3:07 pm, 30th January 2013

I welcome my noble friend's encouragement to delve a little deeper into the figures. Certainly, with respect to employment, we are seeing a switch from an overinflated public sector to a much more dynamic private sector, which will stand us in very good stead in the longer term. If one looks at the specific factors relating to the output figures, there are some very interesting facts; for example, the majority of the decline in the fourth quarter relates to maintenance in the North Sea, and coping with the long-term decline of that source of revenue to the United Kingdom is a structural problem to which we must adjust.