HC Deb 27 June 1978 vol 952 cc515-6W
Mr. Pardoe

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report an index of average earnings for each year since 1948 to date, taking January 1948 as 100, together with comparative indices for the United States of America, France, West Germany and Japan.

Mr. Golding

Comparable international earnings statistics over the period requested are available primarily for manual workers in the manufacturing industries. The corresponding indices are given below, taking 1948 as 100, since figures for January 1948 are not available. In making comparisons, it is important to note that there are differences in coverage and methods of compilation used for the series in each country. The most important of these are indicated in the footnotes.