§ 83. Mr. Robert B. Jones
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will express in coal tonne equivalents the amount of energy required to generate £1,000 of gross domestic product in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Community as a whole.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
The amount of energy required to generate £1,000 of gross domestic product for 1987, the latest period for which comparable figures exist, for(a) the United Kingdom is 0.85 tonnes of coal equivalent, (b) the European Community as a whole, is 0.8 tonnes of coal equivalent.
These figures have been derived by expressing the gross inland energy consumption as a proportion of the gross domestic product measured in market prices. The gross domestic product for the United Kingdom and the European Community as a whole were calculated using purchasing power standards for comparison purposes. Further details on the definition of the gross domestic product used are given in the Eurostat publication "National Accounts ESA".