§ Lord Grimond
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What are the average earnings of miners employed at the coal face.
§ The Earl of Avon
Average weekly earnings, including overtime, incentive payments and allowances, for face and development workers were given by the National Coal Board's most recent Gross Earnings Survey (April 1983) as £178.93. Since then the board have offered 5.2 per cent. on grade rates from 1st November 1983, but this has yet to be accepted. Earnings in 1984 have been severely affected by the present dispute in the industry.1203WA