TEXTILE companies could break into new markets because of this week's Budget, it was claimed today.
Kali Mountford, Labour MP for Colne Valley, said proposals by Gordon Brown would enable firms to trade with China and India.
Ms Mountford said: "I have been lobbying ministers for the past year to provide incentives for companies to get into the new markets being created in China and India.
"In particular I am enthusiastic about textile companies in this area being able to promote their high quality products to this new market.
"There is a real opportunity here for us to break into this area and create new prospects for trade."
New entrepreneurs in China will be looking for high quality clothing and textiles to show their new-found prosperity, she said.
"We are well placed to exploit these new openings," said Ms Mountford.
* Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said: "As chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee, I am delighted that this budget is being labelled a `budget for schools'.
"In particular I welcome the extra £585 million for education that will mean direct money for the typical primary school in Huddersfield will rise from £31,000 this year to £40,000; and from £98,000 this year to £185,000 for the typical secondary school."