Factory Closures — 10 Nov 1998
Miss Ann Widdecombe MP, Maidstone and The Weald voted in the minority (Aye).
I beg to move,
That this House is concerned about the continued spate of factory closures and job losses; condemns the Government's failure to take urgent action to give manufacturing a chance; believes that this Government's actions in increasing business taxes and regulation have made the position worse; asks the Government to explain how far they will go in implementing the McKinsey Report on productivity; and urges the Government to change policy before more jobs are lost.
I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:
"recognises that the last thing business wants is a return to the boom and bust policies of the past, with interest rates of 15 per cent., inflation above 10 per cent. and a budget deficit averaging £41 billion a year from 1992 to 1996; welcomes the Government's decisive action in taking politics out of interest rate decisions, a move which the Opposition clearly does not support; notes that employment is currently 400,000 higher than it was when the Government came into office, and that long-term interest rates are at their lowest for 35 years; welcomes the measures that the Government has taken to encourage enterprise, investment and innovation, and to help unemployed people into jobs; welcomes the McKinsey Report as an important contribution to the productivity debate and notes that, unlike its predecessor, this Government acted to increase competitive conditions through a new Competition Act; and condemns the Opposition for its own record in government, when manufacturing employment declined by 2¾ million and Britain went into deficit on manufacturing trade for the first time ever in peacetime."
Question put, pursuant to the Order [5 November]. That the original words stand part of the Question:--
The House divided: Ayes 154, Noes 323.
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|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||120 (+2 tell)||0||75.3%|
|Lab||322 (+2 tell)||0||0||77.7%|