HC Deb 19 December 1975 vol 902 c830W
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.

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.