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Washing Machines And Refrigerators

Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) how many domestic washing machines were produced in the United Kingdom during each of the last 10 years; what was their total value; and what were the names of the principal manufacturers or brand names;(2) how many domestic refrigerators were produced in the United Kingdom during each of the last 10 years; what was their total value; and what were the names of the principal manufacturers or brand names.

The information so far as it is available is shown in the following table. The statistics, which relate to United Kingdom manufacturers' sales, are available only for the years 1963 and 1968, when there were full censuses of production, and for 1973, the first complete year for which similar information is available from the new quarterly inquiry run by the Business Statistics Office. The names of the contributors to these statistics cannot be given since this would contravene the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. No information on brand names is collected or available.

MANUFACTURERS' SALES
Domestic Washing MachinesDomestic Refrigerators
'000£ million'000£ million
19631,31947·681521·5
196895236·91,10023·2
19731,21670·51,20532·4
1974 (First half)54234·360118·8

Sources:

1963 and 1968: Report on the Census of Production 1968 (Industry No. 78).

1973 and first half 1974: Business Monitor (PQ 368); published November 1974.