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Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give details to compare the average weekly earnings of persons in each county of the United Kingdom at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will rank them in order, from the highest to the lowest, with percentage differences.

The latest available estimates for most of the new counties of England and Wales and the new administrative regions of Scotland, obtained from the new earnings survey and relating to April 1974, were published in the Department of Employment Gazette, January 1975, pages 27 to 35. I am sending an offprint to the hon. Member.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the average weekly earnings of male manual workers in Scotland at the latest available date.

In industries covered by the Department's annual inquiry into the earnings and hours of manual workers, the average weekly earnings of full-time manual men aged 21 and over in Scotland were £48·37 in October 1974. The industries covered are manufacturing, mining and quarrying (excluding coal mining), construction, gas, electricity and water, transport and communication (excluding railways and sea transport), certain miscellaneous services and public administration.