§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the annual increase from 1978 of the average gross weekly wages for full-time working men (a) manual, (b) non-manual, and (c) overall for England, Scotland and Wales, respectively;
(2) if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the annual increase from 1978 of the average gross weekly wages for full-time working women (a) manual, (b) non-manual and (c) overall, for England, Scotland and Wales, respectively.
§ Mr. Gummer
The information requested has been published in the annual reports on the new earnings survey, copies of which are in the Library. Tables 12 and 13 of part A of the reports for 1979 to 1982 inclusive give462W the percentage increases in average gross weekly earnings, separately for adult men and women and for manual and non-manual occupations, for the areas specified.
Information for 1983 is not yet available.
§ Mr. Gummer
The available information in respect of full-time male employees aged 21 and over and full-time female employees aged 18 and over combined is as follows:
April Lowest decile* of gross weekly earnings as a percentage of median† gross weekly earnings 1973 54 1974 55 1975 58 1976 60 1977 61 1978 60 1979 59 1980 60 1981 59 1982 59 Source: New Earnings Survey. Note: * The figure below which the 10 per cent, of employees with the lowest gross weekly earnings lie. † The figure below which the earnings of 50 per cent, of employees