§ Sir Richard Glyn
asked the Minister of Labour which five industries gave the largest wage increases in the five months to the last convenient date; what were the wages in each industry before and after these increases; what was the average increase in industrial wages during the same period; and if he will give the corresponding figures for the preceding 12 months.
§ Mr. Godber
The five largest cash increases in the minimum hourly time rates of the lowest grade of adult male worker which became effective in the five months ending 31st January, 1964, were in wholesale clothing manufacture; waterproof garment manufacture in Lancashire and Cheshire; general printing; the railway services; licensed residential establishments and licensed restaurants. The rates before and after these increases were:
Before After s. d. s. d. Wholesale clothing manufacture 3 11 4 3 Waterproof garment manufacture in Lancashire and Cheshire 4 6.90 4 11.02 General printing 5 4.85 5 8 Railway services 4 4.29 4 7.43 Licensed residential establishments and licensed restaurants 3 5¼ 3 8⅝ NOTE: Where appropriate weekly rates have been converted to rates.
The five largest increase on the same basis in the year ending 31st August, 1963 were in hollowware manufacture; for trade; pottery manufacture; gas supply; water supply. The rates before and after these increase were:
Before After s. d. s. d. Hollow-ware manufacture 3 8¾ 4 0¾ Fur trade 3 3.86 3 8.86 Pottery manufacture 3 11.86 4 7 Gas supply 4 6 4 10½ Water supply 4 8 5 0 During the five months to 31st January, 1964 the index of hourly wage rates for men increased by 2.7 per cent. The corresponding increase in the preceding twelve months was 2.9 per cent.