HC Deb 01 May 1973 vol 855 c966
2. Mr. Cockeram

asked the Secretary of State for Employment in which years since 1950 average industrial earnings have risen by more than 8 per cent.

The Minister of State, Department of Employment (Mr. R. Chichester-Clark)

The regular October surveys show that average weekly earnings of men manual workers aged 21 years and over in manufacturing industry rose by more than 8 per cent. in the 12-month periods ending in October 1951, 1955, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972.

Mr. Cockeram

Does not that make nonsense of the allegations which are repeated frequently by the Labour Party that there has been a fall in living standards under the present Government?

Mr. Chichcster-Clark

It most certainly shows that. From the reply which I have just given, it can be deduced that a serious wage explosion was developing during the latter months of the Labour administration.

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