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Wages Councils

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 13 November 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What industries and employments are now subject to wages councils and what numbers are covered by each.

My Lords, the table below lists the existing 34 wages councils and gives estimates of the number of workers covered by them.

Estimates of numbers of workers in field of operation of Wages Councils
Wages CouncilEstimated No. of Workers covered*
Aerated Waters (E. and W.)13,500
Aerated Waters (Scotland)1,400
Boot and Shoe Repairing7,900
Button Manufacturing3,300
Coffin Furniture and Cerement-Making500
Cotton Waste Reclamation400
Dressmaking and Women's Light Clothing (E. and W.)96,800
Dressmaking and Women's Light Clothing (Scotland)1,300
Flax and Hemp2,300
General Waste Materials Reclamation20,200
Hairdressing Undertakings128,600
Hat, Cap and Millinery (Great Britain)7,800
Lace Finishing700
Licensed Non-residential Establishment470,000
Licensed Residential Estallishment and Licensed Restaurant530,000
Linen and Cotton Handkerchief and Household Goods and Linen Piece Goods5,600
Made-up Textiles6,500
Ostrich and Fancy Feather and Artificial Flower1,500
Perambulator and Invalid Carriage2,100
Pin, Hook and Eye, and Snap Fastener900
Ready-made and Wholesale Bespoke Tailoring114,700
Retail Bespoke Tailoring (GB)5,000
Retail Food and Allied Trades522,800
Retail Trades Non-Food563,700
Rope, Twine and Net4,000
Rubber Proofed Garment Making Industry800
Sack and Bag1,800
Toy Manufacturing23,300
Unlicensed Place of Refreshment121,900
Wholesale Mantle and Costume46,000
*These estimates are derived mainly from numbers found to be employed in establishments visited on inspection by the Wages Inspectorate in recent years. The establishments in question do not form a representative sample for statistical purposes.