§ 25. Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the prospects for manufacturing industry in the north-west.
§ Mr. Leigh
The prospects for manufacturing in the North-West, as in the rest of the country, are excellent. Inflation is set to fall sharply, leaving industry well placed to build on the improvements of the past decade and to benefit from the completion of the single market and the opening up of eastern europe.