§ Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the annual growth rate for the output of the British brick and cement industry for each year from 1970 to 1975 measured at 1970 prices; and what further growth rate he anticipates for each year from 1976 to 1979.
§ Mr. Freeson
Annual changes in the numbers of bricks and the weight of cement produced in Great Britain are as follows:
Percentage change from previous year Bricks Cement 1971 + 8 + 3 1972 + 6 + 2 1973 + 4 + 11 1974 -22 -11 1975 - 9 - 5
Brick production was 9 per cent. higher in the first nine months of 1976 than in the same period last year, while cement production was 7 per cent. lower. Forecasts are not published.