Manufacturing in the East Midlands
The Conservative MP for Sherwood, Mark Spencer, led a Westminster Hall debate on 12 February 2013 on manufacturing in the East Midlands.
Between 1997 and 2010 manufacturing output in the Midlands dropped from £15.3bn to £11.8bn.
The government has tried to stimulate manufacturing through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), which supports projects to increase private sector employment.
Funding can be spent on capital investment, research and development or training.