Early industry and Parliament

Parliament's responses to petitions from around the country played a key part in the early stages of the industrial revolution in Britain

The growth of textile manufacturing

What happened when both woollen and cotton clothmakers petitioned Parliament to protect their trade against the other

Regulation and Free Trade in the 19th Century

Lobbied by manufacturers and industrialists, Parliament introduced a raft of measures to improve commerce and boost competition

Supporting industry: the inter-war years

After the 1929-33 depression Parliament passed new measures to regenerate industry in areas worst-hit by unemployment and poverty

Programming redevelopment after World War II

Since the Second World War Parliament has legislated to rejuvenate areas suffering industrial decline

Also in this section

Trace the key legislation through which Parliament has assisted British industry since the early 18th century

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