§ Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will state the nationally negotiated wage increases granted since October, 1964, and the percentage rise in each case; and if he will name those referred to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.
§ Mr. Albu
Nationally negotiated wage increases are summarised each month in the Ministry of Labour Gazette. This shows the complexity of these agreements and the difficulty of calculating percentage increases generally representative of the agreements. In the 15 months to the end of January, 1966, the index of weekly wage rates rose by about 6½ per cent. Eleven references involving pay questions have been referred to the National Board for Prices and Incomes since it started work last May.