HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 cc38-9W
99. Mr. Carter

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the economy is devoted to manufacturing industry; and how this compares with that in each of the European Economic Community members.

Mr. Higgins

Data for the United Kingdom are available only at factor cost, while those for some other countries are available only at market prices. The table below therefore includes figures on both bases. There are minor differences between the various countries in the precise coverage of "manufacturing industry" but these are unlikely to have any significant effect on the comparison.

At factor cost At market prices(*)
United Kingdom 35.0
Belgium 30.8 30.6
France 35.3
Germany (†) 39.3(‡) 43.1
Italy 27.1 30.5
Netherlands 29.8 (§) 31.2 (§)
(*) Factor cost plus taxes on expenditure less subsidies.
(†) Figures are overstated as those for manufacturing include some double counting of value added tax which is eliminated in the gross domestic product.
(‡) Figures relate to 1968, the latest year available.
(§) Figures relate to 1967, the latest year available.
Sources: Factor cost figures from returns made to OECD.
Market price figures from "National Accounts 1959–69", Statistical Office of the European Communities.