HC Deb 16 May 1990 vol 172 c441W
Mr. Pike

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was regional investment in real constant value terms in manufacturing industries for the latest year for which figures are available and in 1979.

Mr. Norman Lamont

The information is not available in the form requested. However, current price information for capital expenditure (investment) in regional manufacturing industry is published annually in "Business Monitor PA 1002, Report on the Census of Production", summary volume. Copies of this volume up to 1987, the latest available year, are available from the House of Commons Library. Constant price estimates are not made because there are no regional price indices.

Mr. Meacher

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide the information given in his reply of 8 March,Official Report, column 749, on manufacturing investment, with the privatised companies in a separate column.

Mr. Norman Lamont

[holding answer 9 May 1990]: I regret that the information cannot be provided. To do so would involve disclosing figures for individual undertakings in breach of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947.