§ Mr. Ridley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the average industrial wage in 1973, 1974 and 1975, respectively, both in money terms and in real terms.
§ Mr. Booth
The following table gives estimates of average gross weekly earnings of manual workers in manufacturing industries in October 1973, 1974 and 1975 from the Department of Employment's annual inquiry into the earnings and hours of manual workers and the percentage increase in both these averages and the index of retail prices since the previous October.
calculated for travel-to-work areas as a whole but not separately for their constituent parts. The rate for the Portsmouth travel-to-work area, which includes Fareham, was 6.7 per cent. The rate for Great Britain was 6.0 per cent.