To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on domestic manufacturing capacity.
20 May 2020
Manufacturing is a critical part of our economy.?My Department?is engaging with industry trade bodies to understand the impacts of Covid-19 on the manufacturing sector, to ensure that Government support meets the needs of manufacturers?during and after the Covid-19 outbreak.
On 7 May, the Office for National Statistics published the Business Impacts of Covid-19 Survey. It showed that 79% of manufacturing businesses continued to trade during between 6 and19 April 2020. However, more than half of manufacturing businesses reported a fall in turnover during this period.