§ 37. Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what was the percentage increase in average weekly earnings of adult male manual workers in engineering, shipbuilding and ship-repairing, chemical and iron and steel manufacturing industries, respectively, in 1968, and whether these increases were in accordance with the Government's incomes policy.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
The increases between January, 1968, and January, 1969, were, respectively, 10.6 per cent., 11.1 per cent., 6.4 per cent. and 11.0 per cent. These are changes in gross earnings affected by increased output and increased hours worked and also by local 283W settlements, some of which may have been productivity deals. National settlements in these industries approved by my Department were consistent with the incomes policy.