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National Accounts Blue Book - Table 1.7.2: FOI release

Published: 25 Feb 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

25 Feb 2021
National Accounts Blue Book - Table 1.7.2: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000127858
Date received: 18 Dec 2020
Date responded: 21 Jan 2021
Information requested

What similar information do you hold on Blue Book Table 1.7.2? If any please provide in excel format.


Blue Book table 1.7.2 is the UK generation of income account, including a full institutional sector breakdown, for 2018. This is the latest year in the statistics produced by ONS. The Blue Book sets out the national accounts for the UK following the sequence of accounts defined in the European System of Accounts - ESA 2010 (handbook linked). The Scottish Government does not produce a full sequence of national accounts statistics for Scotland which are equivalent to the UK Blue Book, and does not produce statistics with the full institutional sector breakdowns available in that release. However, there are some similar statistics, and I attach a copy of the available information in the format that you asked for, and links to other published statistics.

The generation of income account contains information which is equivalent to the income approach to GDP or GVA, and is broken down into compensation of employees, taxes (less subsidies) on production, and gross operating surplus or mixed income (for the self-employed).

  • For the total economy, equivalent to column C in Blue Book table 1.7.2., annual and quarterly estimates can be found in Other Summary Table F of the GDP Quarterly National Accounts for Scotland. The latest results can be accessed at Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Quarterly National Accounts: 2020 Quarter 2 - (
  • A detailed annual breakdown of the generation of income by industry is available from the supply and use tables. The relevant information can be found near the bottom of each column in the Combined Use table for each year. The latest results, for 1998-2017 (broadly consistent with UK Blue Book 2019), can be accessed at Supply, Use and Input-Output Tables: 1998-2017 - (
  • In addition to the whole economy totals published in the supply and use tables, there is also some information on the local government and central government sectors which is produced during the compilation of the tables. The attached spreadsheet includes these estimates for the components of GDP by income, consistent with the supply and use tables linked above. This information is not routinely published, and should be considered to have a higher degree of uncertainty than the totals.

It is important to note that the value of compensation of employment paid in the generation of income account is not the same as the value received in the household sector allocation of primary income account. The difference between the two values is due to cross-border or inter-regional commuting. For example, not all employees in Scotland reside in Scotland, but all employees are counted in the generation of income. Likewise, not all residents of Scotland are employed in Scotland, but the income of all residents is included in the allocation of primary income.

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