§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Minister of Labour what number of workers have had wage and salary increases in the period since July, 1966; and what was the total sum involved with the various categories concerned.
§ Mr. Hattersley
The figures for manual workers are as follows:
CHANGES IN BASIC WEEKLY RATES OF WAGES OR MINIMUM ENTITLEMENTS DURING THE PERIOD 1ST AUGUST, 1966 TO 30TH SEPTEMBER, 1967 Basic full time weekly rates of wages or minimum entitlements Industry group Approximate number of workers affected by net increases Estimated net amount of increase £ Agriculture, forestry, fishing 425,000 140,000 Mining and quarrying 60,000 40,000 Food, drink and tobacco 385,000 240,000 Chemicals and allied industries 65,000 45,000 Metal manufacture 245,000 100,000 Engineering and electrical goods 2,215,000 1,740,000 Shipbuilding and marine engineering 195,000 190,000 Vehicles 95,000 50,000 Metal goods not elsewhere specified 175,000 80,000 Textiles 380,000 120,000 Leather, leather goods and fur 30,000 25,000 Clothing and footwear 265,000 115,000 Bricks, pottery, glass, cement, etc 135,000 55,000 Timber, furniture, etc. 135,000 40,000 Paper, printing and publishing 40,000 15,000 Other manufacturing industries 110,000 75,000 Construction 1,540,000 1,200,000 Gas, electricity and water 230,000 145,000 Transport and communication 535,000 465,000 Distributive trades 1,410,000 730,000 Public administration and professional services 880,000 915,000 Miscellaneous services 355,000 160,000 9,905,000 6,685,000
Virtually the whole of these changes occurred during the last nine months of the period. In the case of engineering, the estimated amount is an over-statement 11W to the extent that it includes not only general increases which affect all workers, but also increases in certain minimum earnings levels which would not affect all workers.
Corresponding information for administrative, technical and clerical employees is not available.