§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the change in the standard of living of manual workers in manufacturing relative to white-collar workers in the private sector since 1979.
§ Mr. Aitken
Figures based on data from the new earnings survey show that between 1979 and 1994 average gross real earnings of manual workers in manufacturing rose by 20 per cent., compared to 57 per cent. for non-manual workers in the private sector as a whole.