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Bank Borrowing

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the current cost of bank borrowing to each of the principal sectors of manufacturing industry as a percentage of sales.

In 1976, the latest date for which complete sales data are available, it is estimated that interest on bank borrowing amounted to about 1 per cent. of total turnover for the panel of manufacturing companies used as the basis of analysis in the Business Monitor MA3—company finance—a copy of which is in the Library. The partial evidence available suggests that the comparable percentages for subsectors of manufacturing industry are not significantly different from that for the manufacturing sector as a whole.Data on all interest payments—mainly to banks—of industrial and commercial companies is given under the heading "other interest" in table 5.4 of the publication

National Income and Expenditure 1979 Edition—the "Blue Book"—and data on bank advances to subsectors of manufacturing industry appears in table 6.17 of Financial Statistics. Copies of both these publications are also available in the Library.