HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c269W
Mr. Grylls

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will show for each year since 1960 the cost of wages and salaries in United Kingdom manufacturing industry as a proportion of the total costs of United Kingdom manufacturing industry.

Mr. MacGregor

The information is given below in respect of the years for which figures are available:

Year Wages and Salaries as percentage of total manufacturing costs
1963 24
1968 24
1970* 25
1971* 26
1972* 26
1973 24
1974 22
1975 24
1976 22
1977 21
1978 22
1979 22
Figures which are in terms of current costs have been derived from the results of the censuses of production.
* Figures for these years are inflated to the extent that information on the cost of non-industrial services is not available. Otherwise, changes in both definitions and the range of data collected on costs are not thought to have any marked influence on the percentages quoted.

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