HC Deb 05 August 1966 vol 733 cc209-10W
Sir W. Robson Brown

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will give the latest quarterly figures of changes of productivity in the steel, chemical, shipbuilding, motor manufacturing, heavy engineering, and light engineering industries, respectively.

Mr. Albu

The provisional figures which have been published for changes between the first quarter of 1965 and the first quarter of 1966 in output and in average numbers employed are given in the following table. However, the differences between changes in output and changes in employment are affected by many factors other than changes in the efficiency of use of labour, and give no reliable guide to changes in productivity.

Output Employment
Per cent. Per cent.
Iron and steel −5 −1.5
General chemicals, etc. + 3 +1.5
Shipbuilding and marine engineering −3 −2
Motor vehicle manufacturing + 7 + 2
Engineering and electrical goods + 6 + 2.5