§ Mr. John Page
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the average take-home pay in 1972–73 of mineworkers, divided as to coal-face workers and surface workers, stating the number involved; and what might be the estimated average take-home pay of both grades after payment of the recently agreed increase.
§ Mr. Tom Boardman
The National Coal Board does not collect data about the take-home pay of its employees. Weekly basic rates for mineworkers ranged from £23 for lowest paid surface workers to £34.50 for coal face workers. These rates will now be Increased by £2.29.
Latest available information on average earnings was published by the Department of Employment in February and shows a weekly average of £38.21 for all adult workers engaged in coal mining (including provision for holidays with pay, and rest days; but excluding allowances in kind) for the week ending 14th October 1972.