HL Deb 17 December 2001 vol 630 cc7-8WA
The Viscount of Oxfuird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contribution each of the following sectors made to the gross domestic product of the economy in the year 2000: sport and recreation; land-based industries; audio visual industries; apparel, footwear and textiles; petrochemicals; and retailing. [HL1969]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, dated December 2001.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the contribution made by various sectors to the Gross Domestic Product of the economy in the year 2000. [HL1969]

The most appropriate statistic for measuring the contribution made to the economy of individual industries is to use Gross Value Added (GVA) at basic prices, which is similar in concept to Gross Domestic Product. The table below shows data for 1999, using approximate definitions of the requested categories. A full industrial analysis of GVA for 2000 is not yet available.

Gross value added contributions made to the economy by various sectors in 1999
Category % of total gross value added in the UK. 1999
Sport and recreation 2.7
Land-based industries1 3.3
Audio visual industries 0.6
Apparel, footwear and textiles 1.3
Petrochemicals 1.9
Retailing 7.5
Source: Office for National Statistics.
1Defined as agriculture, forestry, mining and quarrying.

Background Note

When referring to the measurement of activity for the whole economy, we use the Gross Domestic Product concept. When estimating the contribution of particular industries and sectors to the economy, we refer to the total Gross Value Added concept.

The latest available data are derived from input output supply and use tables for the United Kingdom for the year 1999.

The categories used in the table above have been linked to the Input-Output Industry headings— based on the Standard Industrial Classification (1992) using the best match to the sectors requested.

Definitions used (approximations using UK Input-Output industry groups)

Sport and recreation

  • Recreational. cultural and sporting activities

Land-based industries

  • Agriculture, hunting and related service activities
  • Forestry, logging and related service activities
  • Mining of coal and lignite; extraction of peat
  • Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas; service activities incidental to oil and gas extraction
  • Mining of metal ores
  • Other mining and quarrying

Audio visual industries

  • Electronic valves and tubes and other electronic components
  • Television and radio transmitters and line for telephony and line telegraphy
  • Television and radio receivers, sound or video recording or reproducing apparatus and associated goods

Apparel, footwear and textiles

  • Preparation and spinning of textile fibres
  • Textile weaving
  • Finishing of textiles
  • Made-up textile articles, except apparel
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Other textiles
  • Knitted and crocheted fabrics and articles
  • Wearing apparel; dressing and dying of fur
  • Tanning and dressing of leather
  • Footwear


  • Industrial gases, dyes and pigments
  • Other inorganic basic chemicals
  • Other organic basic chemicals
  • Fertilisers and nitrogen compounds
  • Plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms
  • Pesticides and other agro-chemical products
  • Paints, varnishes and similar coatings, printing ink and mastics
  • Pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemicals and botanical products
  • Soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations etc.
  • Other chemical products
  • Made-made fibres


  • Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, and motor cycles; retail sale of automotive fuel
  • Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motor cycles; repair of personal and household goods