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Volume 888: debated on Monday 10 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the national average of wages of male manual workers in 1970 and at the latest stated date; and what has been the percentage increase before tax.

The average gross weekly earnings of full-time manual men, aged 21 and over, covered by my Department's regular annual inquiry into the earnings and hours of manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries* in the United Kingdom, were £28·05 in October 1970 and £48.63 in October 1974. an increase of 73·4 per cent.

* The industries covered are manufacturing; mining and quarrying, except coal mining; construction; gas; electricity; and water, transport and communication, except railways and sea transport; public administration; and certain miscellaneous services.