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Social Contract

Volume 894: debated on Tuesday 24 June 1975

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asked the Prime Minister which Department is primarily responsible for monitoring the operation of the social contract, so far as the level of wage settlements is concerned.

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment has told the House on a number of occasions the Government do not operate a detailed monitoring system on adherence to the pay guidelines. The Department of Employment publishes details of basic rates in its monthly publication "Time Rates of Wages and Hours of Work" and further statistics on wage rates and earnings are available in the Department of Employment Gazette and the annual New Earnings Survey.