HC Deb 01 July 1966 vol 730 cc353-4W
Mr. Biffen

asked the Minister of Technology (1) if he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the figures that enable him to determine the relative productivity of firms in the engineering industry.

(2) what organisations provide him with figures showing the comparable figures of productivity between firms in the engineering industry; and if he will make such figures available.

Mr. Cousins

Comparative figures of productivity between firms in the Engineering Industries are obtained from the Reports on the Census of Production which are published by the Board of Trade and copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

Net output per person employed, with an analysis by size of enterprise within each industry, is given in Tables 2 and 3 of the detailed industry reports on the Census of Production for 1958, of which parts 42 to 75 relate to the Engineering Industries and the associated Vehicle and Metal Using Industries. This information is summarised in Table 1 of part 133 and further information on net output and employment in these industries, from which net output per head can be calculated, is given in Table 5 of part 133 and in Tables 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19 of part 135.

Provisional results of the Census of Production for 1963, giving net output and average numbers employed were published for each industry group in total in the Board of Trade Journal of 24th December, 1965, pages 1517 to 1519. Final reports containing information similar to that given for the 1958 Census of Production are expected to be published by the Board of Trade at the beginning of next year.