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Productivity

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the average annual percentage increase (a) in total national productivity, defined as output per person employed over the economy as a whole, and (b) in productivity in manufacturing industry, between the last quarter of 1973 and the latest quarter for which figures are available.

The data requested are given below:OUTPUT PER PERSON EMPLOYED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Average Annual percentage increases

Whole Economy

1973, 4th quarter—1978, 2nd quarter (1), (2)—1·1

Manufacturing Industries

1973, 4th quarter—1978, 2nd quarter (1), (2)—0·5

(1) Average annual percentage increases are calculated using seasonally adjusted data.

(2) Data for 1978, 2nd quarter, are provisional.

Output over the whole economy is measured by the output-based measure of gross domestic product at constant 1975 factor cost, and persons employed include employees in employment, self-employed persons—with or without employees—and Her Majesty's Forces. Output in manufacturing industries is measured by the index of manufacturing production, and persons employed include employees in employment and self-employed persons—with or without employees. Full-time and part-time workers are counted as full units in each of the employment series.