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Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether
been the rate of growth over the last five years, by value of sales and by growth of capital, of the shipbuilding industry of the United Kingdom and of the European Economic Community countries.
Sir J. Eden
Information on value of sales and on capital growth is not available on a comparable basis.The average annual growth rates of output for the United Kingdom and the European Economic Community countries between 1967 and 1970, based on completions of merchant vessels by compensated tonnage, are minus 1 per cent. and plus 14 per cent. respectively.