Scotland from the Census of Production

Bell, David N.F. and Emmett, Gary and Fraser, Neil and Jowett, Anne and Kirwan, Frank X. and McGilvray, James W. and McNicoll, Iain H. and Moar, Lyle and Orton, Ian and Simpson, David R. F. and Wingfield, A. A. (1979) Scotland from the Census of Production. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 5 (2). pp. 24-28. ISSN 0306-7866

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The Census of Production is a survey of manufacturing establishments in the UK and has been carried out, in one form or another, since 1907. Initially the surveys were only taken every 5 years but since 1948 they have been done on an annual basis. Since 1952 sample techniques have been introduced such that approximately 1 in 7 establishments are required to provide information about their activities. Over the years the information asked has changed, with a general tendency toward greater simplification in the range of questions, yet always retaining the important aggregates - total persons employed, total wages and salaries, total value of output and capital expenditure. This brief explores recent Census data in the context of Scottish economic malaise.