§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage increase in the average gross weekly earnings of manual and non-manual workers in Great Britain would be necessary to raise them to the average gross weekly earnings of the highest paid director amongst the United Kingdom's top 100 companies, a field marshal in the Army and members of the Commission of the Common Market in each year from 1979 to 1984.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
Approximate percentage increases based on the average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees aged 18 and over each April are as follows:
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 Highest paid director in top 100 United Kingdom companies*║ 4,651 4,684 7,333 8,153 6,745 Field Marshal† 506 491 459 499 451 European Commission basic salary (grade A1)‡║ 934 794 619 568 678 * Total emoluments as defined in Section 196 of the Companies Act 1948 in the nearest accounting year (expressed as a weekly rate). † Salary as at April. The figure for 1983 takes no account of the staged increases payable as from 1 August 1983 and 1 January 1984. ‡ Salary of grade A1 official at step 6, the top of the incremental scale.
as at July.
║ Amounts payable in foreign currencies have been converted to £ sterling at the current exchange rate.