§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has concerning the value of building material sales in each region of the United Kingdom, and in the country as a whole, in the latest quarter for which figures are available; what was the comparable figure for the same quarter in the previous years; and what the percentage change is in each region over the period in question.
§ Sir George Young
The available regional information relates to quantity sold or delivered of certain building materials. This is published in tables 5, 6, 10 and 12 of the Department's "Monthly Bulletin of Building Materials and Components", a copy of which is in the Library. It is not possible to aggregate different products expressed in different units.
Sales by value are only available for the country as a whole and this information is published by industry in the Central Statistical Office Business Monitor series, copies of which are in the Library. However, it is not possible to identify on a comprehensive basis how much is sold for use as building materials.