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Weekly Earnings Statistics

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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99.

asked the Minister of Labour if he will include in the statistics of average weekly earnings issued periodically by his Department an estimate, in all relevant cases, of the weekly cash value of any remuneration in kind such as the free provision of uniforms or clothing, free travel warrants, fuel allowances, etc.

Statistics are not available of the average weekly cash value of remuneration in kind in the industries covered by the six-monthly inquiry into average earnings conducted by the Ministry of Labour and National Service. This inquiry is based on voluntary returns made by employers. I do not think that, in the manufacturing and other industries covered, remuneration in kind is sufficiently important to justify adding to the questions which employers are asked to answer.