Manchester

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their assessment of the contribution which Manchester makes to the growth and prosperity of the economy of the north-west of England; and how this compares to the contribution made by other parts of the region.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician, to Lord Morris, dated 27 March 2007.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Question about the contribution that Manchester makes to the growth and prosperity of the economy of the North West of England and how this compares to the contribution made by other parts of the region. (HL2749)

The Office for National Statistics publishes regional gross value added using official statistical geographies known as Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS)1. Greater Manchester is one such NUTS area and its statistics can be compared to the other North West areas: Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside.

The measure of economic growth used by the ONS is growth of gross value added (GVA). Table 1 shows GVA for the North West and for each NUTS2 area within the North West. The latest available estimates are for 2004. This table indicates the level of economic activity in Greater Manchester as compared to the other North West areas. Table 2 shows annual growth for 2003 and 2004 in GVA for the same areas.

Regional GVA figures are only produced at current prices and do not allow for changes in prices over time (inflation) or differences in regional price levels (purchasing power). They do not, therefore, show growth in real or volume terms.

The full range of published regional GVA estimates are available on the ONS website: 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:

NUTS1: Government Office Regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NUTS2: 37 areas—individual and groups of counties and unitary authorities.

NUTS3: 133 areas—generally groups of unitary authorities or districts, also known as local areas.

Table 1
North West Regional Gross Value Added1
2003 (£m) 2004 (£m)
North West 96 828 102 366
Cumbria 6 047 6 440
Cheshire 17 361 18 183
Greater Manchester 38 109 40 457
Lancashire 19 215 20 285
Merseyside 16 096 17 001
1 GVA at current basic prices
Table 2
North West Regional Gross Value Added1 Percentage Change
GVA percentage change 2003 2004
North West 5.4% 5.7%
Cumbria 6.6% 6.5%
Cheshire 4.2% 4.7%
Greater Manchester 5.8% 6.2%
Lancashire 5.1% 5.6%
Merseyside 5.7% 5.6%
1. GVA at current basic prices.
Note: The percentage change in Table 2 does not take account of changes in population which can be seen in Table 1 of your previous question (HL2635).

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