HC Deb 18 December 1980 vol 996 c291W
Mr. Grylls

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the comparative percentage increase in unit costs in manufacturing industry in each of the European Economic Community countries and the United States of America and Japan between 1975 and 1980.

Mr. David Mitchell

Information is available only on unit labour costs as opposed to total unit costs and only for some of those countries. The increases were as follows:

Change in Unit Labour Costs in Manufacturing 1975–80*
United Kingdom† +85
United States† +33
Japan† –2
France‡ +43
German FR†§ +11
*First half of 1980.
†Source: OECD Main Economic Indicators.
‡Source: CSO estimate.
§Mining and Manufacturing.