HC Deb 16 January 1986 vol 89 c653W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the level of output per man hour in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden for each year since 1955; and what has been the percentage change each year for each country.

Mr. MacGregor

Figures of hours worked and hence of output per man hour for the whole economy are not available for the United Kingdom. Index numbers of output per man are compiled and published inEconomic Trends, with information on percentage changes given in the national accounts Blue Book. Index numbers of output per man hour for manufacturing industry are published in Economic Trends.

Information of the kind requested for the other countries is not available in the main international statistical publications. However, the most recent (December 1985) issue of the OECD "Economic Outlook" provides some information on productivity developments in manufacturing since the 1960s for the countries requested (table 18, page 47.)

All the publications referred to are available in the Library of the House.