§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of gross national product is accounted for by State-owned enterprises in each of the countries of Western Europe.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
I regret that the information is not available. In this country public corporations were responsible for 10 per cent. of gross domestic product in 1973, but this includes some enterprises controlled by local authorities and excludes some companies in which central Government have a major or con232W trolling share. Other countries do not generally distinguish publicly-owned enterprises in their national accounts, and there are also differences in the definition of enterprises.