HC Deb 08 November 1977 vol 938 cc57-8W
Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Reporta list of the average rates of pay for underground mineworkers, policemen, fireman and the average full-time male worker in manufacturing industry for each of the last 10 years, expressed at current values and as an index taking 1967 as the base, together with the annual increase in the retail price index on a similar base of 1967.

Mr. Golding

I regret that the information requested is not available. My Department does not possess information from which average rates of pay of workers in particular occupational or industrial groups could be compiled.

Information about total earnings for specific pay-periods is available from the New Earnings Survey once a year, but only from 1970 onwards. This information is being compiled and I will publish it in theOfficial Reportas soon as it is available.

Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing the average earnings of police officers, firemen, miners. vehicle builders, welders, draughtsmen, bricklayers and plumbers in Scotland, respectively, at the most recent date for which figures are available; if he will indicate by what percentage these totals exceed the comparable earnings of each category five, 10 and 15 years previously; and if he will make the same calculations in respect of the average earnings of all employees in Scotland.

Mr. Golding

I regret that such information is not available separately for specific occupations within Scotland.