HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 c15W
Earl of Dalkeith

asked the Minister of Labour, what proportion of the total population of the United Kingdom is engaged in productive industry; and what are the comparable figures for West Germany, France, Japan and the United States of America.

Mr. Thornton

For persons employed in manufacturing, mining and quarrying, construction and agriculture (including forestry and fishing), the estimates are:

Percentage of total population
United Kingdom 23.2
U.S.A. 13.5
France 21.2
West Germany 23.0
Japan 28.3