Manufacturing Industries

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Robert Wareing Robert Wareing Independent, Liverpool, West Derby

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of gross domestic product the manufacturing industry generated in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009.

Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Business and Regulatory Reform)

The latest year covered by most recent fully balanced UK National Accounts produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is 2007. Manufacturing gross value added (GVA) accounted for 20.3 per cent. of total UK GVA(1) at current prices in 1997, compared to 12.4 per cent. in 2007.

The ONS are due to publish the next set of balanced UK National Accounts, which will include balanced figures for 2008, in July this year. Currently, the ONS provisionally estimates that manufacturing GVA accounted for 12.3 per cent. of total UK GVA at current prices in 2008. The ONS's early provisional estimates for 2009 suggest that last year manufacturing accounted for 11.8 per cent. of total UK GVA at current prices. This early estimate put the value of manufacturing output at £148.7 billion in 2009, close to the £150.2 billion of manufacturing output produced in 1997.

(1) Gross value added is the output measure of GDP, but minus taxes less subsidies on products (such as VAT).

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