§ Mr. Chris Patten
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the average output per man in British Shipbuilders' main shipyards in each year since nationalisation and at the latest date for which figures are available; and what are the comparable figures for major shipyards in Japan, Korea, Sweden, Brazil, the United States of America, West Germany and France.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont:
The following table gives throughput per employee figures for British Shipbuilders' merchant yards. Information about throughput per employee at individual British Shipbuilders' yards is commercially confidential. Comparable information about overseas yards is not available. Throughput per man figures are affected both by changes in productivity and changes in the industry's work load and, during the period covered by the table, the loading of British Shipbuilders' yards has been affected by the shipbuilding recession.
Throughput per employee year in merchant yards
1978 15.3 1979 13.2 1980 15.0Source:British Shipbuilders.Note:Throughput is completions allocated according to man hours worked per quarter.