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Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the average percentage increase in earnings in Scotland since 1979.

The increases in average earnings in Scotland between April 1979 and April 1982 for males aged 21 and over and for females aged 18 and over are estimated to have been 53 and 57 per cent., respectively. These estimates are based on the new earnings survey and relate to average gross weekly earnings for full-time employees whose pay was not affected by absence.