HC Deb 23 January 1980 vol 977 cc250-1W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will state to what extent over the past few stated number of years the average national wage has increased, on a cumulative or annual basis; to what extent on this basis Members of Parliament's

Percentage increase between April 1974 and April 1979
Average gross weekly earnings of full-time men, aged 21 and over whose pay was not affected by absence*
Employees in all industries and services 112.6
Employees in the public sector 110.7
Annual salary of Members of Parliament 53.3†
* Derived from new earnings survey, available in April each year.
† Salaries of Members of Parliament were subsequently increased in June 1979.