§ Mr. Robert Hughes
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in theOfficial Report the gross domestic product, the gross national product in total and per capita for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and also separately for each of the economic planning regions of the United Kingdom for the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Denzil Davies
Estimates of gross domestic product in 1973 are given below. Estimates of gross national product are not available by region.
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AT FACTOR COST 1973 Region £ million £ per capita North 3,238 983 Yorkshire and Humberside 4,931 1,021 East Midlands 3,732 1,082 East Anglia 1,786 1,027 South-East 22,590 1,305 South-West 4,027 1,039 West Midlands 5,836 1,130 North-West 7,228 1,070 England 53,368 1,150 Wales 2,624 954 Scotland 5,345 1,026 Northern Ireland 1,220 788
The methods used to derive these figures are explained in Economic Trends, May 1975.
§ Mr. Rost
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in the interests of providing an incentive for energy conservation, he will reduce the VAT rate, now 25 per cent. on wind-powered electricity generators used by boat owners, to the 8 per cent. rate charged on portable diesel generators used by boat owners.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
I do not think it would be right to single out wind-powered electricity generators for relief from the 25 per cent. rate of VAT which applies to all types of electricity generators which are accessories to higher rated boats.