HC Deb 16 October 1973 vol 861 cc107-8W
Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the percentage increase in average earnings in British industry over the 12 months to March 1973; the 12 months to May 1973; the 12 months to July 1973; and the latest period of 12 months for which the figures are available, respectively.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

The information requested is as follows:—

Percentage increase compared with same month of previous year
March 1973 11.2
May 1973 13.7
July 1973 (latest information available) 14.0*
* Provisional.

Sir Clive Bossom

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been

female redundancies in Scotland have been notified to his Department in each month between May and September of this year.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

The numbers of workpeople involved in redundancies in Scotland which have been notified to my Department between May and September 1973 are as follows:—

the percentage increase in average earnings of manual workers over the last 15 years; and how this compares with the increase in retail prices.

Mr. Maurice Macmillan

The average weekly earnings of full-time manual men in manufacturing and other industries covered by my Department's regular inquiry increased by 185 per cent. from £12.58 in October 1957 to £35.82 in October 1972. In the same period retail prices increased by 85 per cent. I would like to take this opportunity to correct the figures I quoted in the House on 23rd July.—[Vol. 860, Col. 1178.]