HC Deb 18 January 1991 vol 183 cc616-7W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing for the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany for the years 1979 to 1989 and 1985 to 1989 the change in the numbers for (i) unemployed, (ii) GDP, (iii) manufacturing output and (iv) employment.

Mr. Jackson

The information on unemployment and employment is contained in the following table. No figures are available for the unified Germany.

Annual average
United Kingdom (thousand) France (thousand) Italy (thousand)
Change 1979 to 1989 710 920 1,181
Change 1985 to 1989 -1,244 -161 485

Annual average
United Kingdom (thousand) France (thousand) Italy (thousand)
Civilian employment
Change 1979 to 1989 1,374 179 776
Change 1985 to 1989 2,243 569 325

Source: OECD "Labour Force Statistics 1968–1988" and "Quarterly Labour Force Statistics Number 4 1990" (except United Kingdom, Employment Department).

Data for manufacturing output for the United Kingdom are published by the Central Statistical Office in Economic Trends and for other EC countries by the OECD in its monthly publication "Main Economic Indicators". Levels of gross domestic product for OECD countries can be obtained in the OECD publications "National Accounts—Main Aggregates—Volumes 1 1960–1988", part 6, table 7 for 1979 figures; and from "Main Economic Indicators—December 1990", part 3, for 1985 and 1989 figures. Copies of these publications are available in the Library.