§ 1. Mr. Gower
asked the Minister of Labour how the figures of average wages in industry and agriculture, published by his Department earlier this year, were assessed; and if he will state, to the latest convenient date, the average earnings of all persons employed in industry and agriculture, using similar methods of calculation.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Watkinson)
I assume my hon. Friend is referring to the figures of average weekly earnings in April, 1953, given in an article in the September, 1953, issue of the Ministry of Labour Gazette. Details of how these averages were compiled are given in the article in question. The figures cover manual wage-earners in manufacturing industries generally and in a number of the principal non-manufacturing industries. Similar 748 figures are not available for classes other than manual wage-earners.
The figures of average weekly earnings in agriculture published at the same time are based on information collected from a random sample of farms by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture for Scotland.
§ Mr. Watkinson
The difficulty there is that it takes a long time to collect this information. We are now in the process of preparing the next set of figures, which will be ready for publication in March, 1954.