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Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list at the latest available date (a) the actual number of male workers earning less than two thirds average male earnings and (b) the percentage of the male work force who are earning less than two thirds male average, by region; and what were the corresponding figures for May 1979.

It is estimated that in April 1984 about 2 million full-time adult male employees working a full week had gross weekly earnings of less than two-thirds of the corresponding national average. The corresponding figure in April 1979 was about 1ยท75 million. The following table sets out figures in percentage terms by region within Great Britain.

Percentage of full-time adult*male employees with gross weekly earnings of less than two-thirds the corresponding national average.
April 1979April 1984
South East1316
East Anglia2226
South West2325
West Midlands1422
East Midlands1725
Yorkshire and Humberside1724
North West1622
Source: New earnings survey.
* Aged 21 and over.