asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, pursuant to his answer, Official Report, 19th January, c. 370, he will on the same basis publish a table arranged in descending order of magnitude showing the cumulative increases in industrial productivity, measured in terms of the volume of manufacturing output per employee, from 1973 to the latest available date for the following countries: the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France, Japan, Italy, West Germany and Canada.
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd August 1978], gave the following information:Further investigations undertaken by the Central Statistical Office since 19th January have disclosed a number of technical problems associated with international comparisons of productivity. It is now thought that more consistent information can be derived using the publications of OECD alone, but at present this information is available only up to 1975. A table showing the percentage
The information which is available is shown below:
Figures of the nominal value of Government internal debt are available only from 1966. Figures for interest payments are available from 1964. Figures for debt outstanding and interest payments both per head of population are also given in real terms:
change for each year since 1970 for the United Kingdom and our OECD partners was given in an answer on 2nd August to the hon. Member for Surrey, North-West (Mr. Grylls). The percentage change 1973–75 for the countries requested is given in the table below:
Manufacturing Output per Employee
|United States of America||-2·2|
|Sources: OECD Industrial Production Historical Statistics 1960–1975, and Supplement No. 1, January 1978.|
|OECD Labour Force Statistics 1965–1976.|
* Manufacturing output at constant 1970 prices per manufacturing wage earner and salaried employee.
|† The definition of manufacturing output excludes food beverages, clothing and wood products and furniture and is therefore not consistent with the employment definition.|
A provisional estimate of the increase in United Kingdom manufacturing output per employee (employees in employment in manufacturing) for the period 1973–1977 is about ½ per cent.
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing the cumulative increases in industrial productivity, measured in terms of the volume of manufacturing output per employee, for the following periods: the third quarter 1945 to the third quarter 1951, the third quarter 1951 to the third quarter 1964, the third quarter 1964 to the second quarter 1970, the second quarter 1970 to the fourth quarter 1973, and the fourth quarter 1973 to the latest available date.
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2nd August 1978], gave the following information:Industrial productivity can be measured in a number of ways but it is usual United Kingdom practice to express it in terms of output per person employed, when the divisor comprises employees in employment and the self employed. The table below is derived from figures published on this basis. Such data as are available do not permit the first comparison requested and the second has to be done in terms of year-on-year change.
|Output per Person Employed in Manufacturing Industries|
|1964 3rd qtr—1970 2nd qtr*||19·1|
|1970 2nd qtr—1973 4th qtr*||18·0|
|1973 4th qtr—1978 1st qtr*†||0·7|
|* Percentages are calculated from seasonally adjusted data.|