§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) what was the real increase in the total investment in plant, machinery and vehicles in Scotland for each year between 1967 and 1973, inclusive;
(2) what was the real increase in industrial investment in Scotland for each year between 1967 and 1973, inclusive;
(3) what has been the capital expenditure per annum by manufacturing establishments in Scotland for each year between 1967 and 1973, inclusive, at 1967 prices.560W
§ Mr. Meacher
I regret that figures are not available at 1967 prices and the following table is in terms of 1970 prices. Figures for 1973 are not yet available, nor is any division by asset for 1970 and later years.
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE BY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN SCOTLAND AT 1970 PRICES £ million Percentage increase on previous year Total Assets Total Assets Plant, machinery and vehicles 1967* 158 1968 185 17 20 1969 216 17 15 1970† 221 2 n.a. 1971†‡ 176 -20 n.a. 1972†‡ 144 -18 n.a. * On 1958 SIC (Standard Industrial Classification); later years on 1968 SIC. There may be other small differences in coverage. † Including acquisitions less disposals of land and existing buildings, excluded from 1969 and earlier years. In 1968 there was £2 million of net acquisitions but the figure can vary considerably from year to year. ‡ Provisional. n.a.=Not available.