§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the average annual percentage increase in output in the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Japanese, United States and United Kingdom shipbuilding industries, respectively, since 1958, from information available to him from international sources.
§ Mr. Ridley
The following annual growth rates are based on completions of merchant ships by gross tonnage between 1958 and 1970:
Per cent. per annum Sweden … 6.3 Denmark … 7.0 Norway … 8.5 Japan … 13.3 United States of America … -3.3 United Kingdom … -0.8