§ Mr. Battle
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the current average wage for(a) men and (b) women. 
§ Mrs. Angela Knight
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Dennis Roberts to Mr. John Battle, dated 18 March 1997:The Chancellor of the Exchequer has asked the Director of the Office for National Statistics to reply to your recent question about current average wages for men and women. In his absence, the Director has asked me to reply.The latest information, from the April 1996 New Earnings Survey, is shown below. I will also arrange for a copy of this letter to be placed in the House of Commons Library.
Average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees on adultrates, whose pay for the survey pay period was not affected by absence At April 1996 £ All males 391.30 All females 283.00