§ 28. Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the recent trend of productivity in British industry.
§ Mr. Butcher
During the three years to the end of 1983 output per person employed in manufacturing increased at an annual rate of 6¼ per cent. For all production industries taken together the increase was 7½ per cent. a year. Since 1979 the United Kingdom's relative position has improved significantly. Compared with the average for 1979, the figures for the third quarter of 1983, expressed as a percentage change, were: United Kingdom 12 per cent., United States of America 11¼ per cent., Japan 8½ per cent., West Germany 6¼ per cent.