HC Deb 06 April 1971 vol 815 cc90-1W
65. Sir T. Beamish

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the gross national product for each of the last 10 years, and the amount by which the weighted average rate of growth in the European Economic Community countries exceeded that in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Higgins

My hon. and gallant Friend will find figures for the gross national product at constant market prices for the European Economic Community and for each of its member countries, together with comparable figures for the United Kingdom, on page 2 of the National Accounts Year-book 1959–69 published by the Statistical Office of the European Communities, a copy of which is in the Library. Adjusting the figures for 1959 to include the Saar and West Berlin, the figures show the weighted average annual rate of growth in the European Economic Community between 1959 and 1969 was 5.5 per cent.; the comparable growth rate for the United Kingdom over this period was 3 per cent.