§ Mr. MacArthur
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how the average earnings of adult male workers in Scotland compared with the United Kingdom average at the most recent convenient date.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
The latest information available is derived from the regular October inquiry into the earnings and hours of manual workers. In October 1972 in the industries covered by the inquiry, average weekly earnings of men, aged 21 years and over, were £34.93 in Scotland compared with £35.82 in the United Kingdom. These averages are affected by the pattern of industry in Scotland and the United Kingdom and may not, therefore, give a precise indication of differences in earnings for comparable work.