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Volume 148: debated on Wednesday 9 November 1921

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asked the Minister of Labour if, taking the 20 chief trades in the country, he will give the average weekly wage now being received by skilled labour and the corresponding wage received by unskilled labour?

I regret that the information available is insufficient to provide a basis for calculating the average earnings of skilled and unskilled men in the 20 principal industries. Before this could be done a comprehensive inquiry into individual earnings in those industries would be necessary.