§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average wage at the latest available date for a male manual worker in Scotland and in the United Kingdom, respectively.
§ Mr. Booth
The latest figures available are for October 1975 and come from this Department's inquiry into the earnings and hours of manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries in October each year. The average gross weekly earnings of full-time manual men, aged 21 years and over, in Scotland and in the United Kingdom in the industries covered were £60.71 and £59.58 respectively.
Differences in average earnings between regions include the effects of different industrial and occupational structures; they do not, therefore, give a precise indication of differences in earnings for comparable work.