§ Mr. Michael Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total of salaries, wages and increments paid to persons in local Government in England and Wales in each of the past five years.
§ Mr. Guy Barnett
The total cost of salaries and wages, including increments, paid by local authorities in England and Wales in the last five financial years was:
£ million 1971–72 … 3,218 1972–73 … 3,795 1973–74 … 4,386 1974–75 … 5,722 (provisional estimate) 1975–76 … 6,744 (provisional estimate)
Separate information about the cost of increments is not available to my Department.