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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Paymaster General what information he has as to the numbers and proportions of

Persons not working, who would like a job
Spring 1986 (Thousands)
Region/SexAll who would like a job, of which:Available to start within two weeksNot available, hut had looked in last four weeks
All persons
Great Britain5,2964,292220
Yorkshire and Humberside51543214

workers in Britain who are paid less than the Council of Europe decency threshold; and what was the number arid proportion in 1979.

The new earnings survey indicates thaw: in April 1986 just over 4⅓ million, or about 28 per cent. of full-time adult employees in Great Britain had gross weekly earnings for a full week of less than £125·6, the latter figure corresponding to 68 per cent. of the Great Britain average for all full-time adult employees. Comparable figures for 1979 are not available. Although an advisory committee of the Council of Europe has suggested the figure of 68 per cent. of national full-time adult average earnings as significant in considering low pay, the figure has not been accepted or recognised by the United Kingdom or any other member state of the Council of Europe.