asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the total amount of wages and salaries paid to persons engaged in commerce and industry in this country for each year from 1927 to the most recent date?
§ Mr. Cross
The precise information desired is not available. Some estimates of the total amount paid in respect of wages and salaries have been made by private investigators; and, for 1930, an estimate of the total amount paid in wages to persons engaged in industry, other than those employed by public utility undertakings and Government Departments, was made in connection with the Census of Production. A similar estimate will be made for 1935 in the final report on the Census of Production for that year.
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the average percentage increase in the productivity of labour in this country for each year from 1927 to the most recent date?
§ Mr. Stanley
Information on this matter can only be given in respect of those years for which a Census of Production has been held. Comparisons between the years 1935 and 193o cannot be made at present as the final results of the 1935 Census of Production are not yet available.