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Economic Growth

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) the level of non-oil related GDP growth and (b) contribution to non-oil related GDP growth of (i) labour productivity growth, (ii) employment rate growth, (iii) average hours worked growth and (iv) working-age population growth in real terms in each year since 1977. (127342)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 March 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question regarding a request for an estimate of (a) the level of non-oil related GDP growth and (b) the contribution to non-oil related GDP growth of (i) labour productivity growth, (ii) employment rate growth, (iii) average hours worked growth and (iv) working-age population growth in real terms in each year since 1977. (127342)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not calculate an estimate of non-oil related GDP but I have provided our published estimate of gross value added excluding oil and gas (table A). The difference between GDP and gross value added is that GDP includes the effects of taxes and subsidies on products whereas gross value added does not. However, in terms of growth rates the difference is minimal.

ONS does produce estimates of labour productivity, the employment rate, average hours worked and the working-age population. However, these are not used directly in the calculation of GDP and gross value added.

Table A: UK gross value added excluding oil and gas

£ million

Annual growth (%)

1977

550,845

1978

560,662

1.8

1979

567,130

1.2

1980

554,630

-2.2

1981

544,608

-1.8

1982

552,717

1.5

1983

569,143

3.0

1984

579,780

1.9

1985

601,777

3.8

1986

625,680

4.0

1987

653,641

4.5

1988

688,239

5.3

1989

705,930

2.6

1990

713,425

1.1

1991

705,901

-1.1

1992

707,761

0.3

1993

722,761

2.1

1994

749,358

3.7

1995

768,340

2.5

1996

788,326

2.6

1997

812,717

3.1

1998

841,328

3.5

1999

866,997

3.1

2000

901,169

3.9

2001

922,188

2.3

2002

939,114

1.8

2003

966,014

2.9

2004

999,966

3.5

2005

1,021,976

2.2

2006

1,051,503

2.9

1 These figures are based on data published on 23rd February 2007