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Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of national average earnings was earned by the lowest paid decile of workers in each decade since 1960; and what are the comparable figures, so far as available for (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) the United States of America, (d) Sweden, and (e) Japan.

The available information for Great Britain is published in table 15 of part A of the NES reports for 1979 and 1989, copies of which are in the Library. Comparable data for the other countries are not available.