HC Deb 16 December 1983 vol 50 cc600-1W
Mr. Nellist

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report, for each year since 1978, expressed at 1983 prices (a) the allowance paid on the youth opportunities programme and the youth training scheme, (b) the level of young workers' wages generally, (c) the average rate paid to a 16-year-old apprentice in engineering, (d) average earnings for manual workers, excluding overtime and bonuses, (e) (a) as a percentage of (d), (f) (b) as a percentage of (d) and (g) (c) as a percentage of (d).

Mr. Peter Morrison

The table sets out the available information on allowances, rates and average earnings in cash terms and adjusted for the change in retail prices, in respect of each April between 1978 and 1983.

Changes in average earnings will reflect changes in the composition of employment in terms of occupations and grades and do not necessarily reflect corresponding changes in earnings for comparable jobs. This should be borne in mind when comparing rates of pay for particular jobs with aggregate average earnings.

* Employees whose pay was not affected by absence in the week of the New Earnings Survey.

† Young workers' rates in these years were expressed as a proportion of the fitter's rate. The figures relate to engineering other than foundries.

‡The figures in columns (1) to (4) have been multiplied by the percentage change in the retail prices index between each April and April 1983.


New Earnings Surveys 1978 to 1983 (HMSO)

Time Rates of Wages and Hours of Work (HMSO/Department of Employment)

Mr. Nellist

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing, for each year since 1975 to the latest available date and for those years ahead for which he can project, those 16 and 17-year-olds, expressed as a number and as a percentage of the total, who were (a) in employment, (b) unemployed, (c) on Government training schemes, (d) at school and (e) in further or higher education.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The available estimates, produced by the Department of Education and Science, relate to England and Wales and are published in its "Digest of Statistics, England 1983 (Tables 13 and 14)" and in an earlier Statistical Bulletin 2/83 "Educational and Economic Activity of Young People aged 16 to 19 years in England and Wales from 1973–74 to 1981–82". Copies of these publications are in the Library.

Comparable Government forecasts for later years are not made.