§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish figures showing in percentage terms the earnings gap between the average weekly earnings of adult male manual workers in manufacturing in Scotland and the United Kingdom, from 1960 to the latest available date.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
The following information, relating to overall averages, is derived from the regular inquiries into earnings. It is affected by influences such as variations in the pattern of industry and may not therefore give a precise indication of differences in earnings for comparable work.
MEN MANUAL WORKERS, 21 YEARS AND OVER, IN MANUFACTURING Average weekly earnings in Scotland expressed as a percentage of those in the United Kingdom 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 91.1 93.1 91.8 92.1 93.3 94.3 97.1 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 97.0 97.2 97.3 97.2 96.6 97.9
The figures relate to April in 1960 and October in other areas.