HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 cc40-1W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table of figures giving the present productivity per capita of European Free Trade Association countries, of the present six countries of the European Economic Community and of Great Britain, from international sources and using as the basis of comparison the £ sterling.

Mr. Higgins

The latest available information is given in the table below. The figures for the European Free Trade Association have been derived from data published by O.E.C.D. and those for the countries of the European Community from data in the National Accounts Yearbook of the Community. The estimates have been converted from national currencies to £ sterling at official exchange rates but these do not necessarily reflect differences in internal purchasing power. The movement between 1968 and 1969 for Germany and for France is affected by the French devaluation and the German revaluation in 1969. The figures for the employed population are the nearest available to the average number employed during the year but are not all on the same basis. The employment figures for E.F.T.A. countries are not yet available for 1969. In view of the uncer-

£ sterling
E.F.T.A. 1968 1969 E.E.C. 1968 1969
Austria 1,300 Belgium 2,050 2,250
Denmark 1,850 France 2,250 2,450
Norway 2,250 Germany 1,900 2,100
Portugal 600 Italy 1,400 1,550
Sweden 2,450 Luxembourg 2,150
Switzerland Netherlands 2,050 2,300
United Kingdom 1,450 1,500

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