HC Deb 06 November 1970 vol 805 cc474-5W
Mr. Marten

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the gross national product per head of population in each of the 20 leading nations, including Great Britain in 1959 and 1970, respectively, from information available to him from international sources.

Mr. Higgins

Figures for 1959 are given in the table below. Figures for 1970 are not available but those for 1968, the latest year for which information is available, were given in answer to the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Dixon) on 27th October and are repeated below.

Estimates have been converted from national currencies to United States dollars at current exchange rates, but this does not necessarily give a comparison of differences in the standard of living as these exchange rates may not reflect differences in internal purchasing power. In making comparisons between these figures for 1959 and 1968 for particular countries, it should also be borne in mind that they reflect not only the real growth of the gross national product but also changes in prices and any changes which may have taken place in the official exchange rates against the United States dollar.—[Vol. 805, c. 25.]

(U.S. dollars)
1959 1968
Australia* 1,510 2,480
Austria 790 1,550
Belgium 1,180 2,160
Canada 2,070 3,010
Denmark 1,210 2,540
Finland 1,000 1,710
France 1,230 2,530
Germany 1,160 2,200
Greece 400 860
Ireland 620 1,020
Italy 650 1,390
Japan 390 1,400
Netherlands 900 1,980
New Zealand† 1,450 1,770
Norway 1,200 2,360
Spain 340‡ 770
Sweden 1,610 3,230
Switzerland 1,490 2,790
United States 2,760 4,380
United Kingdom 1,300 1,860
* Figures relate to fiscal years beginning 1st July.
† Figures relate to year beginning 1st April.
‡ Figures relate to 1960, as those for 1959 are not yet available.