HC Deb 27 April 1927 vol 205 cc827-8
12. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the average weekly wages, reduced to sterling at the present rate of exchange, of men, women, and children, respectively, in the Bombay cotton mills?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Earl Winterton)

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The latest information is contained in a report by the Bombay Labour Office published in 1925. This showed that in August, 1923, the average daily earnings in the Bombay Presidency were as follow:

Rs. as. p.
Men 1 5 9
Women 0 11 7
Big lads and children 0 11 4

The average weekly earnings for a full working week of six days would accordingly be:

Sterling equivalent
Rs. as. p. s. d.
Men 8 2 6 12
Women 4 5 6 6
Big lads and children 4 4 0 6

The figures exclude overtime pay and all remuneration in the form of grain or clothing or accommodation below market prices or rentals.

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