§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current average wage in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
It is estimated that the average gross weekly earnings of adults in full-time employment (whose pay was not affected by absence) in Wales in April 1980 were as follows:
£ per week Manual employees Non-manual employees Men aged 21 and over 111.3 132.5 Women aged 18 and over 67.7 78.5
Source: New Earnings Survey 1980
Precise estimates for later periods are not yet available, but average earnings for Great Britain as a whole are estimated to have risen by between 10 and 11 per cent. between the period covered by the above estimates and January 1981.