§ 36. Mr. Cronin
asked the Minister of Labour the percentage increase in hourly earning rates in British manufacturing 568 industry between October, 1955, and October, 1956.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Robert Carr)
The percentage increase in the average hourly earnings in the manufacturing industries between October, 1955, and October, 1956, was 7.9.
§ Mr. Cronin
Is the hon. Member aware that that figure is one of the lowest figures of the major industrial countries of Western Europe? If he refers to the latest O.E.E.C. statistical bulletin he will see that the figure for Belgium is 14 per cent. and for Germany and France, 9 per cent. Bearing in mind the relatively more powerful position of British trade unions, will he take this opportunity of expressing his appreciation of their moderation?
§ Mr. Isaacs
Can the Minister inform the House whether the hourly earning rates to which he refers are for the standard week and number of hours, or do the figures quoted relate to the number of hours of work and extra hours with overtime?