Industry statistics for counties and large towns in Great Britain for 1971

Table ID:
IND_1971_LG_T     (6565688)
Industry statistics for counties and large towns in Great Britain for 1971
Approx. number of rows:
Table type:
Raw Data
Documentation Author:
Humphrey Southall
Reporting units are identified by:
   Administrative County
   Local Government District
   Local Government District Type
The data cover the period 1881 to 1911.


  1. The data for England and Wales were transcribed from Table 3, 'Industry and status by area of workplace and sex' for 'County, county boroughs, urban areas with populations of 50,000 or more, conurbation centres (10% Sample), as published in the Economic Activity County Leaflets for the various counties.
  2. The data for Scotland were transcribed from Table 3, 'Industry and status by area of workplace and sex (10% sample)' for 'Planning sub-regions, cities, counties, large burghs, county remainders, conurbation centre, new towns', as published in the Scottish 1971 Economic Activity Tables.
  3. This is a full transcription of all numerical data in the tables. Data for Greater London were input by Humphrey Southall in June 2015. All other data were input by Harold Price in 2015-16.
  4. Greater London is unique in that all the individual dsitricts, i.e. the post-1965 Boroughs, are included in the published table. Elsewhere the tables include only the larger towns, which is more problematic than 1931 or 1951 because there was no separate published table for smaller towns and rural districts. However, the County Economic Activity Leaflets: General Explanatory Notes say (p.iv): "Tables 1-3 are also available in unpublished form for local authority areas not included in leaflets and can be obtained from the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys or the General Registration Office of Scotland for the cost of their reproduction." We tried to locate these, but ONS suggested that it meant that the additional data would have been generated on request.


  1. The classification of industry held here follows system defined in Central Statistical Office, Standard Industrial Classification (H.M.S.O., 1968), i.e. SIC1968. That publication was available for download from, as accessed on 6th June 2015. The 'industry' column in this table holds simply whatever text string appeared against a row in the printed table, so for analytical work use the ind_1971_codebook table, which has the row_seq values held here as its primary key.
  2. Before the industrial classification, the table lists counts of employment status:
    1. 'In employment', this being the total that the Orders sum to, and is also divided into:
    2. Self-employed (giving the total, the number without employees and and the number with employees), and Employees.
    3. Employees are then sub-divided into:
      • Managers (Total, 'Large establishments' and 'Small establishments')
      • Foremen and supervisors (total, 'manual' and 'non-manual')
      • Apprentices, articled clerks and formal trainees
      • Professional employees
      • Family workers
      • Other employees (excluding professional)
  3. The data are counts within a 10% sample, so should be multiplied by ten in contexts where they will be compared with conventional census counts.
  4. All empty cells in the original table have been replaced by zeroes.


  1. As the data were input, all possible column-based check-sums were computed, including that the Orders summed to the total 'In employment', that the Minimum List Headings summed to the relevant Orders, and various checks within the initial status categories. The structure of the table meant that every single row was included in at least one check sum.
  2. The only numerical error is for Hampshire, Southampton CB married females where the overall total does not equal the sum of the category totals, despite the totals being correct to the transcription. The sum of the industries for category XXV and category XXVI do not match the printed totals. This is an error in the original table.
  3. Additional row-based check sums were applied within the spreadsheet while entering the Greater London data, as the table includes data for all London Boroughs. Similar checks are not possible for the rest of the country as only a minority of districts are included. The work on London identified one inconsistency, and careful proof-reading for the affected rows showed that it is present in the published table: within MLH 001, 'Agriculture and horticulture, the sum of the Borough figures for males for 'Farming and stockrearing' is two more than the Greater London total, and the Borough total for 'Agriculture contracting' is two less. With that exception the London data are believed to be error free.
  4. All units have been matched to the AUO with the exception of the 'Greater London Conurbation Centre'.


IndexTypeColumn(s) indexed
ind_1971_lg_t_idx Unique col_seq, row_seq
ind_1971_lg_t_idx_name Unique adm_cnty, lg_dist, lg_type, row_seq
ind_1971_small_cnty_unit_idx   cnty_unit, lg_dist, lg_type

Columns within table:

col_seq Integer number. Number placing units in the order in which they appear in the original table. This is added by us as the data are loaded, so the value for a given area will change as additional data are loaded.
nation Text string (max.len.=6). Single-character code for nation: 'E' = England, 'W' = Wales, 'S' = Scotland.
admc_name Text string (max.len.=42). Name of the Administrative County or Scottish County as listed in the report.
adm_cnty Text string (max.len.=42). Standardised name of the Administrative County, partly to match names in table for small towns.
lg_name Text string (max.len.=68). Name of unit as originally listed in the report. County totals have this set to '[TOTAL]'.
lg_dist Text string (max.len.=68). Cleaned version of the unit name.
lg_type Text string (max.len.=8). Type of local government unit. These include 'AC' = 'Administrative County' and 'ACB' = 'Administrative County with associated County Borough(s)'.
cnty_unit Integer number. ID number of the Administrative County or Scottish County containing the local government district, as defined in the GBHGIS AUO.
g_unit Integer number. ID number of the local government district, as defined in the GBHGIS AUO. This is currently null for 'Greater London Conurbation Centre'.
row_seq Integer number. Sequence number identifying the different rows for each unit, and placing them in the correct order.
industry Text string (max.len.=84). Label identifying the row, as printed in the original report. These are a mixture of Order names, MLH names and the status categories at the top of the table, so for more systematic analysis this table should be linked to the ind_1971_codebook table, which has the row_seq values appearing here as its primary key.
males Integer number. Number of males employed.
females Integer number. Number of females employed.
married_females Integer number. Number of married females employed.