§ Mr. Leighton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how wages of males under 21 years of age have moved since 1979 in comparison to those of adult males; and what are the equivalent figures for females.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
According to the "New Earnings Survey", the percentage changes in average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees working a full week between April 1979 and April 1984 were as follows:
Age Males Females Under 18 +57 +60 18 to 20 inclusive +63 +69 21 and over +79 +86