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Motor Industry

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the increase in productivity in the motor vehicle industry since 1972 and 1979 together with the number of employees, the number of cars produced, and the trading profit.

Productivity, production and trading profit statistics are matters for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Employment statistics are a matter for the Secretary of State for Employment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the Government's estimate of the proportion of the output of motor vehicles produced in the United Kingdom in terms of the shareholding by foreign vehicle producers together with (a) the percentage increase in real hourly earnings of adult male manual workers in the motor vehicle industry since (i) 1972 and (ii) 1979 and of all non-manual employees in the rest of the private sector and (b) the increase in output per head in the motor vehicle industry and the rest of the private sector.

An estimate of the proportion of the output of motor vehicles produced in the United Kingdom in terms of the shareholding by foreign vehicle producers is not available. Earnings figures are a matter for the Secretary of State for Employment. Output per head figures are a matter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.