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Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if, using his estimate of the rise in earnings since April 1976, he will publish a list of occupations where the highest decile is over £140 per week.

No. We have made no estimate for specific occupations since April 1976. We are in the course of doing so at present for April 1977. When the information has been received from employers it will be processed and published. In the meantime, only aggregate earnings figures are available.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the average annual earnings of full-time adult male employees in April 1977, based on the new earnings survey figure for April 1976, adjusted for the increase in the monthly index of average earnings between April 1976 and April 1977.

Estimates on this basis can be made up only to March 1977, for which month the estimate is about £80 per week, or around £4,150 per annum.