HC Deb 22 June 1994 vol 245 c190W
Mr. Alan W. Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give in cash terms, and as a percentage of the United Kingdom average the gross domestic product per capita for(a) each of the new European constituencies in Wales, (b) the average for Wales, (c) the United Kingdom and (d) the European Community.

Mr. Redwood

The following table gives the information requested, except for information on European constituencies in Wales, which is not available.

GDP per head 11991 Percentage of United Kingdom average
Wales 12,452 84.5
United Kingdom 14,732 100
EUR 12 14,989 101.7
1Expressed in terms of purchasing power standard units (purchasing power adjusted ECU).

Source: Eurostat

United Kingdom GDP grew faster than GDP in Germany or France in the 1980s—the best relative performance since 1945. The latest forecast from the International Monetary Fund—April—suggests that the United Kingdom will have the fastest growth among major EC countries in both 1994 and 1995. In 1991, direct taxes, including community charge and social security contributions, on households in the United Kingdom took a lower proportion of personal income than in any other major European country.

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