§ Mr. John Page
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity, what she estimates will be the percentage change in average weekly earnings in real terms during the 18 months following 31st July, 1968; and what was the corresponding change between 20th July, 1966 and 31st December, 1967.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
It is estimated that between July, 1966 and December, 1967 average weekly earnings rose by between 2 and 3 per cent. more than retail prices. It is not the policy of the Government to publish forward estimates of this kind.