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Sex, Drugs and GDP

The Blue Book from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) describes economic activity in the UK. This year, for the first time, it will include spending on prostitution and drugs. Peter Patterson, the Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the ONS, describes how they calculate the figures in the Blue Book and what they mean for the UK economy.