§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what has been the change in the real average earnings of journalists working on newspapers in the Greater London area, together with the median, quartile and decile since 1979;
(2) what has been the change in the real average earnings since 1979 of journalists working on broadcasting; and what were the median, quartile and decile.
§ Mr. Oppenheim
The information requested on the earnings of journalists in the Greater London area is not available.
The new earnings survey shows that average gross weekly earnings of "authors, writers and journalists" as a group increased by 60.6 per cent. between April 1979 and April 1994 when adjusted for the increase in the retail prices index at April.