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Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his latest estimate of average weekly earnings for men in manual work.

The latest available estimate relates to October 1976. In my Department's regular annual survey of earnings and hours of manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries, the average gross weekly earnings of full-time manual men, aged 21 and over, were £66·97. Between October 1976 and March 1977 the monthly index of average earnings of all categories of employees throughout the economy in

Act or regulationSummary of definitionSummary of purpose
I. Contracts of Employment Act 1972, as amended, Schedule 1 paragraphs 3·4C (inclusive).Less than 16 hours per week.To exclude week of part-time work from the computation of period of continuous employment for the purposes of qualifying for the following rights—
1. Minimum period of notice under Contracts of Employment Act.
2. Written particulars of terms of employment under ditto.
3. Redundancy payment under Redundancy Payments Act 1965.
4. A right not to be unfairly dismissed under Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974.
5. The following rights under Employment Protection Act 1975—
(a) guarantee payments during lay-off or short time;
(b) remuneration during period of medical suspension;
(c) maternity pay and the right to return after maternity leave;
(d) time off to look for work or make arrangements for training when under notice of dismissal;
(e) written statement of reasons for dismissal.

creased by about 5½ per cent. Separate estimates for full-time adult males are not available from this index.