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Manufacturing Industries: North-west England

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the proportion of the growth in manufacturing that took place between August 2010 and August 2011 that can be accounted for by manufacturers located in the North West.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The data are not available. Estimates of gross value added, the measure on which economic growth is based, cannot be calculated on a regional level for a considerable period of time after the event. This is because the complex process of allocating value to different regions with any accuracy relies on many detailed figures and parameters that only become available over time. Even when data become available they are only available for complete calendar years.

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