§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has about the number of people in full-time work who earn less than two thirds of median male earnings by standard region.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The information available from the distribution of gross weekly earnings which most closely spans the figure for two-thirds of median full-time adult male earnings in Great Britain is provided in the table:
Proportion with gross weekly earnings less than £140 and £150, by standard regions of Great Britain Full-time adult employees whose pay was not affected by absence,April 1988 Per cent >Standard region Less than £140 per week Less than £I50 per week South East 17.7 21.9 East Anglia 27.2 32.7 South West 29.5 35.1 West Midlands 28.6 33.9 East Midlands 29.6 35.5 Yorkshire and Humberside 28–8 34.3 North West 28.4 33.8 North 28.7 34.3 Wales 30.9 36.1 Scotland 30.9 36.9 Source: New Earning Survey