HC Deb 03 February 1993 vol 218 c202W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what information he has about the percentage contribution to gross domestic product provided by manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom; and how this compares with percentages in the other member states of the European Community.

Mr. Sainsbury

The information is in the table.

Manufacturing industry5 as a percentage of gross domestic product

in European Community countries

United Kingdom 119.8
France 21.3
Germany 31.1
Italy 23.2
Belgium 23.3
Netherlands 20.2
Luxembourg 28.4
Denmark 15.8
Ireland 222.3
Spain 26.9
Portugal 329.2
Greece 415.3
1 Latest year 1987.
2 Latest year 1979.
3 Latest year 1986.
4 Latest year 1988.
5 Manufacturing is defined according to the International Standard Industrial Classification Division 38.

Source: OECD National Accounts.

United Kingdom manufacturing share of GDP can also be derived from figures published in "UK National Accounts, the Blue Book". These have the attraction of being more up to date. The United Kingdom national accounts data are, however, not directly comparable with data show in the above table and published by the OECD. A reason for non-comparability is that blue book data shown output at factor cost. OECD estimates show output at market prices. Taxes and subsidies are included in estimates at market prices, but are netted out in factor cost estimates.

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