HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 cc418-9W
Mr. Tim Renton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the increase in average industrial wages in the United Kingdom at January of the current year, expressed as a percentage in real terms over January 1974.

Mr. Harold Walker

After discounting the effects of three-day working and other restrictions in January 1974, the—older series—monthly index of average earnings of all employees in manufacturing industries in Great Britain increased by about 112 per cent. between January 1974 and January 1979. Over the same period the general index of retail prices in the United Kingdom increased by about 107 per cent.

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