§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the average basic industrial wage for men and for women, respectively, at the most recent convenient date; and what were the corresponding figures for the upper quartile and lower quartile of wage distribution for that date.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
The available information is obtained annually from the New Earnings Survey. It relates to (a) gross weekly earnings excluding (i) overtime pay, (ii) payments by results, bonuses and other incentive payments, and (iii) premium payments for shift, night or weekend work; and to (b) full-time manual men aged 21 and over and women aged 18 and over in all industries and services in Great Britain. The most 809W recent estimates relate to April 1975 and are, to the nearest 10p:
Men £ Women £ Average 41.30 27.60 Upper quartile 47.70 32.70 Lower quartile 34.20 23.30