HC Deb 01 February 1977 vol 925 cc102-3W
Mr. Forman

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the value of the net output of the energy industries in the United Kingdom; and what percentage of total national product that represents.

Mr. Benn

According to the provisional Census of Production results, the net output—or value added—of the United Kingdom energy industries, excluding petroleum and natural gas, in 1975 was about £5¼ billion. In 1973 the net output of the petroleum and natural gas industry was £117 million, or less than 4½ per cent. of the total for all energy industries. The contribution of the energy industries to gross domestic product at factor cost is measured on a slightly different basis and for 1975 is estimated at about 4¼ per cent.