HC Deb 15 March 1976 vol 907 cc392-3W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the "Census of Production" output figures for Clydeside and other Scottish conurbations for 1963 to the latest date for which figures are available.

Mr. William Ross

The net output of all manufacturing industries in the central Clydeside conurbation increased from £388 million in 1963 to £514 million in 1968, an increase of 32 per cent. This compared with an increase over the same period in Scotland of 42 per cent., and in the United Kingdom of 41 per cent. Central Clydeside is the only urban area in Scotland defined as a conurbation.

Full censuses of production were carried out in 1963 and 1968; but output figures for conurbations have become progressively less reliable with the concentration of industry into large units, and there are no plans to produce such statistics from the more limited annual censuses of production conducted since 1970.