HC Deb 16 December 1975 vol 902 cc618-9W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the percentages of gross domestic product spent on house construction and improvement in the public and private sectors, respectively, or in total, in the United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland, England, and, so far as possible, in other OECD countries.

Mr. Armstrong

Information is only readily available for the United Kingdom.

Expenditure on new housing and grant aided improvements as a percentage of United Kingdom GDP at factor cost.
Public sector 2.0
Private sector 2.3

Total expenditure on housing as a percentage of GDP at market prices was given for OECD countries in my answer to the hon. Member on 9th December.—[Vol. 902, c. 132–3.]

A slightly different definition of GDP is used for OECD purposes and the comparable figure for the combined public and private sectors in the United Kingdom for 1974 on this basis was 3.9 per cent.