HC Deb 27 July 1988 vol 138 c310W
34. Mr. Favell

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what position Scotland held in the United Kingdom in terms of average earnings in 1979; and what position it now occupies.

Mr. Lang

Information from the new earnings surveys shows Scotland ranking fifth among the United Kingdom standard regions in 1979, and third in 1987.

44. Mr. Riddick

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the latest average male earnings figures available; and what were the comparable figures in 1986 and 1979.

Mr. Lang

The following information comes from the Department of Employment's new earnings survey.

Average gross weekly earnings of full-time male employees whose earnings were not affected by absence—Scotland
April On adult rates1 Aged 21 or over2
£ per week £ per week
1979 n/a 101.2
1986 201.3 204.2
1987 214.6 218.2
1 This is the basis currently used in the new earnings survey reports.
2 This is the basis used previously.