HC Deb 23 September 1948 vol 456 c176W
Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Minister of Labour what relation the £1,000,000 a week wage increases since February of last year bears to the total wages bill of the country.

Mr. Isaacs

The estimated total wages bill in the whole of the year 1947 was £3,530 million. It should be borne in mind, however, that statistics of increases in wage rates are not properly comparable with statistics of the total wages paid as the latter include overtime, payments under bonus systems, etc., and value of allowances in kind.