The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter to Lord Hanningfield from the National Statistician, dated May 2006.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on gross value added (GVA) for the UK counties. (HL 1496)
The Office for National Statistics publishes regional GVA using official statistical geographies known as nomenclature of units for territorial statistics (NUTS)1. The NUTS classification does not fully correspond to counties of the United Kingdom.
For NUTS 1 level statistics the latest year available is 2005. For NUTS 2 and NUTS 3 it is 2004. Copies of the publication tables showing regional GVA at NUTS levels 1, 2 and 3 have been placed in the House Library. The full range of regional GVA data is available on the National Statistics website at www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14650.
1 The nomenclature of units for territorial statistics (NUTS) provides a single uniform breakdown for the production of regional statistics for the European Union. There are three levels of NUTS in the UK. These are:
NUTS 1: Government Office Regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NUTS 2: 37 areas—individual and groups of counties and unitary authorities.
NUTS 3: 133 areas—generally groups of unitary authorities or districts, also known as local areas.