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S5W-03223: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the availability of its data on (a) the balance of trade and (b) (i) primary and (ii) secondary incomes.

Answered by: Keith Brown 1 November 2016

The Scottish Government produces a broad range of economic statistics. All statistics are subject to quality assurance of data and results at the time of production, and the methods used and availability of source data are regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement.

(a) Estimates of exports and imports (the balance of trade) for the onshore Scottish economy are published as part of the Quarterly National Accounts Scotland (Table G) and annual Supply and Use Tables statistics releases. The latest results can be accessed at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/QNA2016Q1 and http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/Input-Output. The Scottish Government is also developing statistics on the imports and exports of oil and gas from Scottish Adjacent Waters. The latest results can be accessed at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/oilgas. In addition to estimates of the balance of trade, detailed statistics on exports are also published in the annual Export Statistics Scotland publication. This can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/Exports/ESSPublication.

(b) The Scottish Government publishes estimates of the balances of primary and secondary incomes for the Households and Non-Profit Institutions Serving Households (NPISH) sector as part of the Quarterly National Accounts Scotland statistics release. This information is used in the calculation of Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI). The latest results can be accessed in Table I of the Quarterly National Accounts Scotland at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/QNA2016Q1.

(i) Estimates of the primary income flows for all sectors of the economy (Government and Corporations) are required for the calculation of Gross National Income (GNI). The Scottish Government published an initial overview of development work on the production of GNI estimates in November 2013, including provisional results for 2010. This work can be accessed at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/snap.

(ii) The Scottish Government does not currently produce estimates of secondary income flows (transfers of income), other than for the Household and NPISH sector.