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African Wages

Volume 887: debated on Monday 24 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what information he has about the comparative levels of wages paid by British firms that operate in Nigeria and South Africa, respectively.

As recommended in the recent Report of the Expenditure Committee, my right hon. Friend has invited British firms with affiliated companies in South Africa to publish regularly information on the wages of African employees. The Expenditure Committee regarded South Africa as a special case because of the presence of apartheid and we agree with its view. We do not, therefore, propose to seek information on wages paid by British firms operating in other countries.